Jaimie Bleck (PhD, Cornell University) joined the Notre Dame faculty in 2011 as Ford Family Assistant Professor of Political Science. Her research interests include citizenship, democratization, and social service provision in Africa.
Aiming to examine the potential impact of educational expansion and liberalization on Malian democracy, her most recent research draws on a survey of citizens in five regions of Mali to analyze how education provision—public/private and secular/Islamic—affects citizen political knowledge and participation.
Her current work examines the effect of local radio access on political mobilization in rural Mali and the lack of Islamist political parties in West Africa.
Bleck has served as a consultant for the World Bank, Freedom House, and Care International. Prior to graduate school, she spent three years working in Central and Southern Africa with Winrock International on the Africa Education Initiative Ambassadors Girls Scholarship Program, which provides scholarships to 20,000 girls in 15 African countries each year.
“Kellogg is an ideal place for me because it affords me the opportunity to do research on issues that I care very deeply about,” she says.
“I am excited to be joining an interdisciplinary team of Africanists and an organization with a clear commitment to human development.”