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Pia Raffler

Pia Raffler is an assistant professor of government at Harvard University. Her work lies at the intersection of comparative politics and political economy. Raffler studies political accountability and representation in Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe, with a particular interest in the relationship between elected representatives and the bureaucracy. Her work has won the Best Fieldwork Award, Best Dissertation Award in Experimental Research, and Best Experimental Paper Award from the American Political Science Association and has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Journal of Development Economics, and Science Advances.

Prior to joining Harvard, Raffler spent a year at the Niehaus Center and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. Raffler received her Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and is a member of Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP).


  • Assistant Professor of Government, Harvard University
  • Faculty Associate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University