I study Comparative Politics and Political Behavior, focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa. In particular, I am interested in the challenges of democratization efforts in post-conflict settings and weakly institutionalized democracies. My book project examines the role of civil society organizations in fostering democratization after civil war.
Prior to obtaining my Ph.D., I completed a Fulbright-Clinton Public Policy Fellowship in Côte d’Ivoire. I hold a dual-language Master's degree in International Affairs, Conflict Resolution and Civil Society Development from the American University of Paris and the Université de Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Originally from North Carolina, I graduated from Elon University with a Bachelor's degree in International Studies, African concentration.
Overall, I have experience living and working in France, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, and I have also conducted fieldwork in Zambia.
I can be reached at jumdavis [at] umich.edu
Photo: Notre Dame de la Paix, Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire