Professor Catherine  Boone

Professor Catherine Boone

Harold Laski Professor of Political Science | Programme Director, African Development

Department of International Development

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Key Expertise
Political Economy, Political Development, Property Rights, Africa

About me

Catherine Boone is Professor of Comparative Politics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.   She is a political scientist interested in patterns conducted research on industrial, commercial, and land tenure policies in West Africa, where her work has been funded by the SSRC, Fulbright, the World Bank, and the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, and the ACLS, and the Long Chair in Democratic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

She is author of Merchant Capital and the Roots of State Power in Senegal, 1930 -1985 (Cambridge, 1992), Political Topographies of the African State: Rural Authority and Institutional Choice (Cambridge, 2003), and Property and Political Order: Land Rights and the Structure of Politics in Africa (Cambridge, 2014), which is a study of variation in patterns of land-related conflict in subnational regions of East and West Africa. It won APSA's 2016 Luebbert Book Award for best book in Comparative Politics.

She has served as member of the Board of Directors of the African Studies Association (ASA), 2009-2012, chair of the ASA Publications Committee, (2011-2012), member of the Executive Council of the American Political Science Association, member APSA's  Comparative Politics Section executive council, and Chair of the Political Economy Organized Section of APSA (2014-2016). She current serves as co-chair of the APSA-ASA Africa Initiative and member of the advisory board of the SSRC African Peacebuilding Network.  She was Secretary of the African Politics Conference Group, and Treasurer and President of the West African Research Association (2005-8), which oversees the West African Research Center in Dakar, Senegal.  

You can see a list of Catherine Boone's publications on her website:

Expertise Details

Africa; Comparative politics; Political Science; Economic Development; Institutions; Property Rights