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Justine Davis

Justine M. Davis

Faculty Associate


Faculty Associate, Center for Political Studies
Assistant Professor, Political Science
Assistant Professor, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS)


Ph.D. 2020 University of California, Berkeley (Political Science)

Justine Davis’ Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Justine Davis’ Personal Website


Justine Maisha Davis is an assistant professor jointly appointed in the  Department of Afroamerican and African Studies (DAAS) and the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, was an LSA Collegiate Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan, a UC presidential postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego, and holds a master’s degree from the American University of Paris and la Sorbonne-Paris I. Her research interests include electoral violence, civil society, and the challenges to democratization efforts in post-conflict settings and weakly institutionalized democracies. Her dissertation, “Wartime Experiences of Civic Leaders: Legacies of Civil War, Rebel Control, and Democratization in Post-Conflict Africa,” won the Western Political Science Association best dissertation award in 2020. She also won the Ralph Bunche Best Graduate Student Paper in 2018 Award from the African Politics Conference Group, an organized section of the American Political Science Association and the African Studies Association. Her research has been published in African Affairs, Party Politics, PS: Political Science & Politics, and the South African Geographical Journal. For more information, please visit her website.



Department of Political Science
4700 Haven Hall

Phone: 734-764-5513

Email: [email protected]

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Selected Publications

Please also see Justine Davis’ Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Davis, J.M. and K. Michelitch. “Field Experiments: Thinking Through Identity and Positionality,” PS: Political Science & Politics, 1-6, 2022.
Arriola, L., D. Choi, J.M. Davis, M. Phillips and L. Rakner, “Paying to Party: Candidate Resources and Party Switching in New Democracies,” Party Politics, 28(3), 507-520, 2021. 
Davis, J.M. “Manipulating Africa? Perspectives on the experimental method in the study of African politics,” African Affairs, 119(476), 452–467, 2020.