Leonard Wantchekon, PhD is a Professor of Politics and Economics at the New York University. Wantchekon's areas of interest include political economy, development, applied game theory, and comparative politics.
He is the author of several articles on post-civil war
democratization, resource curse, electoral clientelism and experimental
methods in the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Political
Science Review, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Journal
of Conflict Resolution, Constitutional Political Economy, Political
Africaine and Afrique Contemporaine.
Some of his recent publications include "The Paradox of 'Warlord' Democracy: A
Theoretical Investigation", American Political Science Review,
(Vol. 98, No1, 2004); and "Resource Wealth and Political Regimes in
Africa" (with Nathan Jensen), Comparative Political Studies, (Vol. 37, No. 7, 816-841, 2004).
Wantchekon is the editor of the Journal
of African Development (JAD), formally known as Journal of African
Finance and Economic Development (JAFED). He is the founding director
of the Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy, which is
based in Benin (West Africa) and at New York University. He is currently serving on the APSA international committee as well
as the APSA Africa initiative committee. He was also a division chair
at the 2005 APSA Annual meetings in Washington DC.