Eric Kramon

Eric Kramon

Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs
Phone: 202-994-7636

Eric Kramon is an assistant professor of political science and international affairs.  He received his PhD in political science from UCLA in 2013, and was a pre- and post-doctoral fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University.  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; ethnic politics and the politics of public goods provision; and the role of access to information in enhancing electoral accountability.  His research on these topics has been published in the Journal of Democracy, Perspectives on Politics, The Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and World Politics.  He teaches courses on African politics, development politics, and research design.  

Current Research







Kramon, Eric (2016), "Electoral Handouts as Information: Explaining Unmonitored Vote Buying," World Politics.

Kramon, Eric and Daniel N. Posner (2016), "Ethnic Favoritism in Education in Kenya," Quarterly Journal of Political Science, 11: 1-58.

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