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Associate Professor Rod Alence

QualificationsBA, MA, PhD
Phone 011 717 4494
Organisational Unit International Relations

Political economy of development; politics and governance in Africa; quantitative research methods.

Prof Alence holds AM and PhD degrees in political science from Stanford University. His main interests are in the areas of political economy, African development, and quantitative research methods. His PhD was awarded the American Political Science Association’s prize for best thesis in political economy. At Wits since 2002, he has supervised two PhD theses and sixteen MA research reports, including nine distinctions and two winners of the School of Social Sciences postgraduate research prize. While on sabbatical during the 2008-2009 academic year, he was Visiting Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he continues to serve on the advisory committee of the African Social Research Initiative. As part of that initiative, he has taught several short courses in quantitative research in Ghana. Before coming to Wits, he held positions at the University of the Western Cape and at the Human Sciences Research Council, and he spent one year as a Fulbright researcher at the University of Ghana’s Legon Centre for International Affairs.

INTR 4051/7066: Principles of statistical social research

INTR 4045/7043: International political economy of African development

INTR 4050/7065: International relations of Africa's natural resources (with Prof. G. Khadiagala; in abeyance 2013)

INTR 2002 Political economy and international relations (block module)


"Political Science and the Study of Africa," Oxford Bibliographies in "African Studies," ed. Thomas Spear. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012;

"What Africans Think about International Organizations," working paper, 2011.

"Democracy and Development in Africa," Journal of the International Institute (University of Michigan) 16, no. 2 (2009): 4-5;

"SACU and the Political Economy of Regionalism: Toward Broader and Deeper Integration?" SAIIA Trade Policy Briefing 12. Johannesburg: South African Institute of International Affairs, 2006; No_12_Alence_Final.pdf.

"Evading the Resource Curse in Africa: Economics, Governance, and Natural Resources," IGD Policy Briefing 52. Johannesburg: Institute for Global Dialogue, 2005;

"Political Institutions and Developmental Governance in Sub-Saharan Africa," Journal of Modern African Studies 42 (2004): 163-187;

"South Africa after Apartheid: The First Decade," Journal of Democracy 15 (2004): 78-92; (Reprinted in Democracy: Critical Concepts in Political Science, vol. 2, ed. Michael Saward.  London: Routledge, 2006.)