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Anne Pitcher

Research Professor


Research Professor, Center for Political Studies
Professor, Dept of Political Science
Professor, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies


Oxford University, D.Phil. (Politics)
Oxford University, M.Phil. (Politics)
Duke University, A.B. (Political Science and History)


Anne Pitcher’s Personal Website
Anne Pitcher’s Curriculum Vitae (CV)



Anne Pitcher studies the comparative politics of developing countries, especially those in Africa. Her research focuses on urban politics, party systems, and the provision of goods such as housing, water, electricity and health care under authoritarian and democratic conditions. She has conducted extensive fieldwork and survey research in Angola, Mozambique, Kenya and South Africa. 


Institute for Social Research (ISR), University of Michigan
Room 4478, 426 Thompson Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104–2321, United States

Phone: 734–936–2722
Email: [email protected]

University of Michigan Online Directory listing

Selected Publications

Please also see Anne Pitcher’s Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Croese, Sylvia, and M Anne Pitcher. “Ordering Power? The Politics of State-Led Housing Delivery under Authoritarianism – the Case of Luanda, Angola.” Urban Studies, 2017, p. 004209801773252., doi:10.1177/0042098017732522.

Teodoro, Manuel P., and M. Anne Pitcher. “Contingent Technocracy: Bureaucratic Independence in Developing Countries.” Journal of Public Policy, vol. 37, no. 04, 2016, pp. 401–429., doi:10.1017/s0143814x16000258.

Pitcher, M. Anne. “Varieties of Residential Capitalism in Africa: Urban Housing Provision in Luanda and Nairobi.” African Affairs, vol. 116, no. 464, 2017, pp. 365–390., doi:10.1093/afraf/adx009.

Pitcher, M. Anne. “Party System Competition and Private Sector Development in Africa.” The Journal of Development Studies, vol. 53, no. 1, 2016, pp. 1–17., doi:10.1080/00220388.2016.1171848.
Winner, Dudley Seers Prize for Best Article, Journal of Development Studies, 2017.

Pitcher, M. Anne. Party Politics and Economic Reform in Africa’s Democracies. Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Honorable Mention, African Politics Conference Group Best Book Award, American Political Science Association and African Studies Association

Research Projects

Local Patterns of Election Related Violence and Peace

2014 APSA Africa Workshop: Distributive Goods and Distributive Politics

Fellowship, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Awarded for January-June 2019.