Kate Baldwin, newly named as the Peter Strauss Family Assistant Professor of Political Science, focuses her research on political accountability, state building, and the politics of development, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa.

Baldwin’s current research projects analyze politics in weak states. In these contexts, she is interested in how community-level institutions — such as traditional leaders and NGOs — interact with the national state to affect...

On July 1, while Americans prepared to celebrate the Fourth, Canadians celebrated Canada Day and, this year, the 150th anniversary of the British North America Act 1867. In that year, the British government combined the provinces of Canada, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia into a single federation of four provinces – Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia – governed by a constitution modeled largely on its own but modified to reflect the territorial and cultural...

Muslims consider mosques to be the houses of God, the bayt Allah. They are places of worship, sanctuaries, and where Muslim communities come together. The first mosque, which was a modest structure built in 622 in Medina, was the house of the Prophet Mohammed.

Soon after his faith gained political legitimacy, mosques were built wherever Muslims settled, whether in desert landscapes or in historic urban...

Refugees from war-torn regions around the world are coming to Connecticut in growing numbers, bringing with them new languages, customs, and cultures. On June 28, a policy forum, “Coming to Connecticut: A Conversation on Economic and Legal Issues of Resettling Refugees,” was held at the MacMillan Center. It explored some of the issues of welcoming refugees to Connecticut and the rest of the country. (view video)

At the forum,...

Ian Shapiro, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Henry R. Luce Director of the MacMillan Center at Yale University, has contributed an article to the new issue of Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, entitled “Collusion in Restraint of Democracy: Against Political Deliberation.” His essay is one of a select few made ...