Safia Farole

Curriculum Vitae

I am an incoming Assistant Professor at Portland State University (Fall 2020). At PSU I have a
joint position in the Political Science Department and the Department of International and Global
Studies. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA. My research interests include
local politics, party systems, and elections in Africa. My dissertation focuses on how opposition
parties mobilize support in South Africa’s dominant party system. In addition to conducting
fieldwork in South Africa, for my dissertation, I created original datasets on local elections in
South Africa, and I use a unique methodology to gather survey data on voters in the country.

In the past, my research has been supported by the Eugene V. Cota Robles pre-doctoral
fellowship, multiple Summer Research Fellowships, and funding for fieldwork from the
International Institute. I have also received grants from the American Political Science
Association (APSA).

Research Interests:
Local elections and political parties in Africa
Local government and politics in Africa
Voting behavior in Africa
Electoral authoritarianism
Dominant party regimes
Comparative Politics