Professor Catherine Boone

Professor Catherine Boone

Professor of Comparative Politics

Department of Government

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Key Expertise
Comparative Political Economy, Territorial Politics, African Politics

About me

Catherine Boone joined the LSE as Professor of Comparative Politics in 2013. She holds a BA from the University of California, and Ph.D from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Professor Boone is currently serving on the steering committee of the American Political Science Association's Africa Initiative and the Advisory Board of the Social Science Research Council's African Peacebuilding Network, as well as numerous editorial boards and committees.

She currently (2014-2016) Chairs the Political Economy Organized Section of the American Political Science Association.

Research interests

  • Comparative Political Economy
  • Territorial Politics and Regionalism
  • Political Economy of Developing Countries
  • African Politics

Teaching responsibilities

  • GV335: African Political Economy
  • DV435: African Political Economy
  • GV517: Comparative Political Economy: New Approaches and Issues in CPE(with David Soskice)


Property and Political Order: Land Rights and the Structure of Conflict in Africa
2014. Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, Cambridge University Press

This book argues that variation in the structure of land tenure institutions goes far in predicting differences in the forms and scale of resource conflict. Property institutions also help predict when and where land conflict will scale up into the national electoral arena, producing election violence.

Land tenure rules structure agrarian society and linkages to the state in the farming regions of Africa, producing forms of "political order" that are now being destabilized by population pressure, rising land values, and environmental stress.

My research