Kennedy Opalo

Kennedy Opalo
PhD Candidate
kopalo [at] stanford [dot] edu

Ken is a Graduate student conducting research in the fields of comparative politics and international relations and a Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Democracy, Development and Ruler of Law at Stanford. His dissertation explains the observed variation in levels of legislative strength and institutionalization in Sub-Saharan African since the early 1990s. Ken has conducted fieldwork or worked in Kenya, Zambia, Ghana, and six other African countries. His other research interests include the political economy of development in Africa, ethnicity and political violence, natural resource management, and public policy and governance.

In 2013-14 Ken was a visiting scholar at the Program for African Studies at Northwestern University. His dissertation research is supported by the Susan Ford Dorsey Dissertation Fieldwork grant and the Center for African Studies at Stanford. Ken graduated from Yale University with a degree in Political Science and has done consultancies with the Kofi Annan Foundation and the World Bank. He blogs at

Other Affiliations: 

The Center for African Studies 

Center for Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law

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