Evan Lieberman is the Total Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa at MIT and an Honorary Research Associate at the University of Cape Town. Previously, he was a member of the faculty at Princeton University for twelve years and a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar at Yale University. Professor Lieberman’s research is concerned with understanding the determinants of democratic accountability, effective states and governance arrangements, and the causes and consequences of ethnic conflict. He is the author of two scholarly books, Race and Regionalism in the Politics of Taxation (Cambridge 2003) and Boundaries of Contagion: How Ethnic Politics Have Shaped Government Responses to AIDS (Princeton 2009) and numerous scholarly articles that have appeared in World Politics, the American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, World Development, Social Science and Medicine, and other journals. He received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and his BA from Princeton.