Kim Yi Dionne

Five College Assistant Professor of Government,
Smith College


I am the Five College Assistant Professor of Government at Smith College, and my focus is on African Politics. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science at UCLA and was a member of the faculty at Texas A&M University from 2010-2013. From 2008-2009, I was a Fulbright Scholar in Malawi conducting research on the political economy of HIV/AIDS interventions. I have also collected data in Ghana and Tanzania. I study a variety of topics including African politics, health (particularly HIV/AIDS), identity, and research methods. Methodologically, I am interested in the systematic analysis of qualitative data, field experiments, social network analysis, and anything that can be learned from longitudinal household-level data. My current research includes studies of ethnicity-of-interviewer effects in Africa and same-sex politics in Africa.

I blog at The Monkey Cage and at my personal blog, haba na haba. You can find me on Twitter as @dadakim.

Updated: July 2014