Jessica Gottlieb- Can Social Intermediaries Build the State? Evidence from an Experiment in Lagos, Nigeria
Jessica Gottlieb is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government and Public Service and holds a PhD in Political Science and MA in Economics from Stanford University. Gottlieb is a board member of the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP).network (2019 - ). Her research investigates constraints to democratic accountability in low-income countries; these include information asymmetries and problems of voter coordination, informal institutions and clientelism, and unequal gender norms. This work has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Journal of Politics, and Science Advances, among others. Much of Gottlieb's research has been in sub-Saharan Africa, where she has conducted field experiments, behavioral games, and surveys. Her current projects focus on the implications of weak state capacity and high informality for democratic accountability.