Prof. Jeffrey Paller

Jeffrey Paller

Assistant Professor

Program Director • Full-Time Faculty

(415) 433-4590 Kalmanovitz Hall 247


Jeffrey Paller specializes in African politics and sustainable urban development, and his research examines the practice of democracy and accountability in urban Africa. He has conducted fieldwork in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa. He recently published the book Democracy in Ghana: Everyday Politics in Urban Africa (Cambridge UP, 2019). His new project examines the contentious politics of African urbanization. He has received funding from the Social Science Research Council, National Science Foundation, and the University of Wisconsin. His work is published in Polity, Comparative Politics, African Studies Review, Journal of Modern African Studies, Africa Spectrum, and Africa Today.

Before coming to USF, he served as an Earth Institute postdoctoral research fellow at Columbia University, and was a visiting lecturer of politics at Bates College. He curates the weekly news bulletin “This Week in Africa.”

Director, Minor in African Studies
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, Northwestern University
Selected Publications

J. Paller (2019). "Dignified public expression: A new logic of political accountability." Comparative Politics.

J. Paller (2019). "Building permanence: Fire outbreaks and emergent tenure security in urban Ghana.” Africa: International African Institute 89 (3): 437-456.

Rubin, J. and S. Fioratta (2019). "Ethnographies of Emergence: Everyday Politics and their Origins across Africa Special Section Introduction." Africa: International African Institute 89 (3): 429-436.

Klopp, J and J. Paller (2019). "Slum Politics in Africa." Oxford Encyclopedia of Politics.

J. Paller (2019). Democracy in Ghana: Everyday Politics in Urban Africa. Cambridge University Press.

Bob-Milliar, G. and J. Paller (2018). "Democratic Ruptures and Electoral Outcomes in Africa: Ghana’s 2016 Election." Africa Spectrum, 53(1): 5-35.

Klaus, K. and J. Paller (2017). "Defending the city, defending votes: campaign strategies in urban Ghana." Journal of Modern African Studies, 55(4), 681-708.

Paller, J. (2017). From Urban Crisis to Political Opportunity: African Slums. In N. Poku & J. Whitman (Eds.), Africa under neoliberalism. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Paller, J. (2016). “Informal Practices of Accountability in Urban Africa.Oxford Bibliographies.

Paller, J. (2015). "Informal Networks and Access to Power to Obtain Housing in Urban Slums in Ghana." Africa Today, 62(1), 31-55.

Paller, J. (2014). "Informal Institutions and Personal Rule in Urban Ghana." African Studies Review, 57(3), 123-142.

Paller, J. (2013). "Political Struggle to Political Sting: A Theory of Democratic Disillusionment." Polity,  45(4), 580-603.