Leonardo R. Arriola is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the Vice Chair of the African Politics Conference Group, a research network affiliated with the American Political Science Association, for 2011#x2013;13. He has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation; the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at Notre Dame; the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford; the Fulbright Program; and the US Department of Education. His work has appeared in journals such as Comparative Politics and Comparative Political Studies. He received the African Politics Conference Group's award for best article published on African politics in 2009.