Donatien Adou

Donatien Adou
Comparative Politics
Public Policy and Administration

BA Political Science and minor in Economics from The International University of Grand-Bassam (Ivory Coast)


My research interests in Comparative Politics revolve around comparative political economy, looking specifically at why some countries, sub-national entities, and individuals are more corrupt than others. In public policy I look at attitudes toward the poor and development policies for developing countries. I am also highly interested in survey experiments, and traditional quantitative research methods.

My work is predominantly quantitative and increasingly mixed methods. My dissertation supervised by Dr. Jonathan Krieckhaus and a panel of amazing scholars uses a combination of behavioral economics, interviews, surveys, and observational data to understand how the process of modernization shaped corrupt behaviors in Africa as we know it today. I collaborate with several scholars on multiple research projects that are either under review or working papers.

I believe that the average person should be able to have access to the amazing work produced by academics. To help achieve that objective I am committed not only to make my own work policy relevant but also make academic research accessible to a broader public through a series of blog articles that answer questions of public interest using academic findings.