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 forthcoming at 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.

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
MA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
BA, Smith College
Selected Publications

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

Horowitz, J and K. Klaus (2018). “Can Politicians Exploit Ethnic Grievances? An Experimental Study of Land Appeals in Kenya,” with Jeremy Horowitz (2018) Political Behavior,

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.

Klaus, K. (2017) “Contentious Land Narratives and the Nonescalation of Election Violence: Evidence from Kenya’s Coast Region.” African Studies Review, 60(2): 51-72.

Klaus, K. (2015) “Land Grievances and the Mobilization of Electoral Violence: Evidence from Côte d’Ivoire and Kenya,” Journal of Peace Research (2015), 52(2): 622-635, with Matthew Mitchell

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).