Stuart Russell is a PhD student studying comparative politics and quantitative methodology in the MIT Political Science Department. His research interests include bureaucracies and public service delivery in countries with weak state capacity, particularly those in sub-Saharan Africa. With the support of GOV/LAB, Stuart conducted field research on bureaucratic accountability in Bamako, Mali.
Prior to MIT, Stuart was a Princeton in Africa fellow in Dakar, Senegal with the public health organization Population Services International. He also previously worked at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. Stuart graduated from Swarthmore College in 2014 with high honors in political science and economics.
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 November 2022
Political Science Graduate Students Use MIT GOV/LAB Funding to Conduct Dissertation Research
With funding from MIT GOV/LAB, PhD candidate Stuart Russell and Blair Read PhD ‘22 conducted research for their dissertations in Burkina Faso and India, respectively.
News October 2019
Fragmented but not Powerless: Teachers’ Unions and the Education Sector in Senegal
Stuart Russell, MIT PhD student and seed grant recipient, reports back from summer fieldwork in Senegal.
News February 2018
Incentives and Trust: Exploring Performance in the Malian Civil Service
PhD student Stuart Russell partners with Accountability Lab Mali to explore the incentives bureaucrats face in Mali's civil service with support from a GOV/LAB seed grant.