Graduate Research Fellow
Nicole Wilson is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at MIT, where she studies comparative politics and methods. Her research interests include informality, urban property rights, political engagement and intra-community dynamics, with a regional focus on West Africa. Before coming to MIT, Nicole spent a year working as a research assistant on a study of informal trade in Lagos, Nigeria. She has a master’s degree in Justice, Law, and Society from American University and a BA in sociology from the University of Georgia. With GOV/LAB, Nicole has worked on a project exploring informal settlements in Lagos, including administering a survey about eviction threats and political participation.
Research November 2022
Growth or Goods: Examining Tax Morale Among Property Owners in Lagos
Nicole Wilson & Leah Rosenzweig published a working paper with the International Centre for Tax and Development on taxation in Lagos, Nigeria.
News September 2023
[MIT News] Nicole Wilson: The Politics of a Shifting Middle Class in Nigeria
As the middle class in Lagos retreats to private enclaves, political scientist Nicole Wilson ponders the impacts on democratic norms.
Projects October 2019
MIT GOV/LAB Dissertation and Seed Grants
A compilation of research projects and outcomes by MIT Political Science graduate students supported by MIT GOV/LAB.
News February 2023
Paying Taxes without Receiving Services: Informal Settlements in Lagos
In research published in the journal Studies in Comparative International Development, MIT GOV/LAB researchers look at factors influencing people’s willingness to pay taxes in informal settlements in Lagos, Nigeria.
News April 2021
Digital Discussions: Hosting Focus Groups on Zoom
Nicole Wilson, Phd Candidate and MIT GOV/LAB Graduate Research Fellow, discusses making progress on fieldwork during the pandemic, and shifting to online research methods.
News February 2018
Causes and Consequences of Uncertainty Among the Urban Poor in Lagos
PhD student Nicole Wilson reporting back from the field on the results of her GOV/LAB seed project on informal settlements in Lagos, Nigeria.