Alexandra Scacco, Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at New York University, studies comparative and ethnic politics, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, and has completed extensive fieldwork in Nigeria, Sudan, and South Sudan. Most recently she served as one of the principal investigators for the Urban Youth Vocational Training (UYVT) project, a field experiment that provided computer instruction to nearly five-hundred Muslim and Christian residents from conflict-prone neighborhoods of Kaduna in northern Nigeria. Her current book project investigates the micro-dynamics of ethnic conflict in contemporary Nigeria. Other research has focused on the human costs of partition, electoral manipulation, and effective methods for asking sensitive questions.
UWISC is sponsored by the Severeyns-Ravenholt Endowment, the Richard B. Wesley Graduate Student Fund for International Relations, the Center for Global Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, and the Department of Political Science.