I joined Nottingham as an Assistant Professor in September 2021. Prior to this, I was a Junior Research Fellow in Politics at New College, University of Oxford. I also completed my PhD in politics at Oxford.
My research comprises three overlapping strands:
(1) The political economy of authoritarian rule and authoritarian political institutions (parties and legislatures)
(2) Authoritarian strategies for urban dominance, urban informal labour markets, labour organizing and cooperatives
(3) The history and politics of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly east Africa
My PhD and book (forthcoming) examine variation in ruling party cohesion and legislative assertiveness across Africa's dominant party regimes. Comparing Uganda and Tanzania with further reference to Kenya and Rwanda, I show how contrasting institutional outcomes result, in part, from differences in the distribution of power across economic and political elites. These elite power dynamics are, in turn, shaped by different state-led development strategies. I further examine the implications of a more assertive legislature, particularly regarding accountability, interest group representation, and distributive outcomes. This research combines descriptive statistics with a primarily qualitative, comparative historical approach.
My new project still focuses on dominant party regimes but recentres on the politics of authoritarian dominance in rapidly expanding cities. More specifically, it examines the collective action strategies informal workers use to overcome political and economic marginalisation. This project fits within an emerging literature examining both worker self-organising in urban informal economies and authoritarian state strategies of co-optation and control.
Alongside these projects, I have engaged in collaborative work on a range of related themes including the political economy of party competition and party system development, authoritarian succession politics, presidential coalition building.
I have conducted fieldwork in Uganda, Tanzania and Benin.
I provide teaching for the following undergraduate modules:
- Intro to Comparative Politics
- Political Parties and Party Systems Around the World
- Politics Placement
NIC CHEESEMAN, MICHAELA COLLORD and FILIP REYNTJENS, 2018. War and democracy: The legacy of conflict in East Africa Journal of Modern African Studies. 56(1), 31-61
MICHAELA COLLORD, 2018. The Legislature: Institutional strengthening in dominant-party states. In: NIC CHEESEMAN, ed., Institutions and Democracy in Africa: How the rules of the game shape political developments Cambridge University Press.