Eric Kramon

Professor Eric Kramon
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Monroe 412
Monroe Hall
2115 G St. NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Areas of Expertise

Political economy of development; democratic accountability; African politics; clientelism and vote buying; ethnic politics; distributive politics

Professor Kramon's research focuses on barriers to accountability and good governance in developing democracies, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa.  His current book project examines the causes and consequences of vote buying during African elections.  Other projects investigate the role of election observation in promoting electoral quality; ethnicity and the politics of public goods provision; and the determinants of ethnic voting.


Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 2013



Kramon, Eric, (2016) “Electoral Handouts as Information: Explaining Unmonitored Vote Buying,” World Politics 68(3).

Kramon, Eric and Posner, Daniel N. (2016), “Ethnic Favoritism in Education in Kenya,” Quarterly Journal of Political Science 11(1).

Kramon, Eric and Posner, Daniel N. (2013), “Who Benefits from Distributive Politics? How the Outcomes One Studies Affect the Answer One Gets,” Perspectives on Politics 11(2): 461-74.

Kramon, Eric (2013). “Vote Buying and Electoral Turnout in Kenya,” in Bratton, Michael ed. Voting and Democratic Representation in Africa. Lynne Rienner Publishers.

Kramon, Eric and Posner, Daniel N. (2011), “Kenya’s New Constitution,” Journal of Democracy 22 (April): 89-103.

Office Hours

Monday 1-3:00 pm

Classes Taught

PSC 8108. Craft of Political Inquiry

PSC 7379. Government and Politics of Africa

IAFF 2093. Africa: Problems and Prospects

PSC 2337. Development Politics

PSC 2381. Comparative Politics of Middle and Southern Africa