M. Anne Pitcher is Professor of Political Science and African Studies at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Transforming Mozambique: The Politics of Privatization (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Politics in the Portuguese Empire: The State, Industry, and Cotton, 1926-1974 (1993). She co-edited African Postsocialisms with Kelly Askew (2006) and her articles have appeared in Comparative Politics, the Journal of Modern African Studies, African Studies Review and Politique Africaine, among other publications. In 2003-2004, she was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. To explore patterns of political and economic reform across Africa, she has conducted extensive research in Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, Angola and Uganda.