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Nic Cheeseman

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Nic Cheeseman is a member of Afrobarometer’s International Advisory Council.


Nic Cheeseman (@fromagehomme) is professor of democracy at the University of Birmingham and former director of the African Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. He mainly works on democracy, elections, and development, including topics ranging from election rigging, political campaigning, and corruption to “fake news” and presidential rule. Articles based on his research have won a number of prizes, including the GIGA award for the best article in comparative area studies (2013) and the Frank Cass Award for the best article in Democratization (2015). Cheeseman is also the author or editor of more than 10 books, including How to Rig an Election (2018), which was selected as one of the books of the year by Spectator magazine. 

In recognition of his academic and public contributions, the Political Studies Association of the United Kingdom awarded him the prestigious Joni Lovenduski Prize for outstanding professional achievement in 2019. In recent years he has also won the Celebrating Impact prize of the Economic and Social Research Council for “outstanding international impact” and the Josiah Mason Award for Academic Advancement. 

frequent commentator on democracy, elections, and global events, Cheeseman’s analysis has appeared in the Economist, Le Monde, Financial Times, Newsweek, Washington Post, New York Times, BBC, and Daily Nation, and he writes a regular column for the Africa Report and the Mail & Guardian. Many of his interviews and insights can be found on the website that he founded and co-edits,

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