Stephen Paduano

Stephen Paduano

PhD candidate

Department of International Relations

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Key Expertise
United States and China in Africa in the post-Cold War period

About me

I am a PhD student at the London School of Economics, where I study comparative development policy and great power competition in sub-Saharan Africa. The focus of my research is the United States and China in Africa in the post-Cold War period.

My PhD is supported by the Michael Leifer Scholarship. I previously received an MSc with Distinction from LSE, where I was awarded the Fred Halliday Prize, and a BA with Honors from Stanford.

I am also the Executive Director of the LSE Economic Diplomacy Commission, a forum of leading academics and policymakers exploring and preparing the future of Britain's foreign economic policy. The Commission is an initiative of LSE IDEAS, the London School of Economics' foreign policy think tank, where I am an associate.

I write about these issues—sub-Saharan as well as British politics—for the popular press. You can find my work in The Economist, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The New Republic, and NPR.

Research topic

The New Scramble for Africa: Comparative Development Policy and Great Power Competition after the Cold War

Academic supervisor

Chris Alden