Kathleen Klaus

Kathleen Klaus

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty

Kalmanovitz Hall 222A


Kathleen Klaus’ research focuses on political violence, land rights, forced migration, and elections, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her recent book, Political Violence in Kenya: Land, Elections, and Claim-Making, is published with Cambridge University Press. Klaus has conducted extensive research in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, and Malawi and has received support for her research from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, United States Institute of Peace, and others.

Klaus teaches a range of classes dealing with African politics, violent conflict and war, human rights, international development, and research methods. Before coming to USF, Klaus was a visiting assistant professor at Wesleyan University and a Buffett Institute postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University.

Director, African Studies Program (Spring 2021-)
PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015
MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
BA, Smith College, 2007
Selected Publications

Political Violence in Kenya: Land, Elections, and Claim-Making (Cambridge University Press, 2020)

Raising the Stakes: Land Titling and Electoral Stability in Kenya.” Journal of Peace Research (2020), 57(1): 30-45

Can Politicians Exploit Ethnic Grievances? An Experimental Study of Land Appeals in Kenya,” Political Behavior (2018), 42, 35–58, with Jeremy Horowitz.

Defending the City, Defending Votes: Campaign Strategies in Urban Ghana,” Journal of Modern African Studies (2017), 55(4): 681-708, with Jeffrey Paller .

Contentious Land Narratives and the Non-escalation of Election Violence: Evidence from Kenya’s Coast Region.” (2017) African Studies Review, 60(2).

Awards & Distinctions

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowship.

United States Institute of Peace, Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship.

Social Science Research Council, International Dissertation Research Fellowship.

National Science Foundation (NSF) Dissertation Research Improvement Grant.

Fulbright Fellowship (Malawi).