Prof Robert Mattes

Prof Robert MattesDirector: Democracy in Africa Research Unit

 

Robert Mattes is Professor of Political Studies and Director of the Democracy in Africa Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. He is also a co-founder and co-Director of the Afrobarometer, a regular survey of public opinion in 18 African countries.

His research has focused on the development of democratic attitudes and practices in South Africa and across the continent. He is the co-author author (with Michael Bratton and E. Gyimah-Boadi) of Public Opinion, Democracy and Markets In Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and has authored or co-authored articles in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, World Development, Journal of Democracy, Democratization, and Party Politics. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1992).

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Contact details

Email: robert.mattes@uct.ac.za

Tel: +27 21 650 3827

Office: Rm 5.22, Leslie Social Science Building, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town

Research interests

My research has focused on the development of democratic attitudes and practices in South Africa and across sub-Saharan Africa. I am co-author author (with Michael Bratton and E. Gyimah-Boadi) of Public Opinion, Democracy and Markets In Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and have published on this subject in in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, World Development, Journal of Democracy, Democratization, and Party Politics. I have a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1992).

I am also co-founder and Senior Adviser to the Afrobarometer, a regular survey of public opinion in 20 African countries.