Prior to joining POLIS, Ian worked as a lecturer in politics at St. John's College, Oxford. His doctorate was completed at St. Antony's College, Oxford. Before this Ian undertook a Masters degree at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, achieving a distinction grade for his research on political stability in post-apartheid southern Africa.
Ian's research interests relate to comparative politics, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. His doctoral thesis examined three aspects of democratic politics in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana: what political parties seek to achieve and why these objectives are chosen; why parties differ in their propensity for fragmentation; and why electorates vary in the propensity towards volatility. Since completing this project, Ian has published work on dominant party cohesion in South Africa and Namibia, on ANC factionalism in South Africa, and on opposition politics in Namibia. He is presently working on a book manuscript derived from his doctoral thesis.
Ian teaches on the POL4 (Comparative Politics) and POL5 (Conceptual Issues in Politics and IR) papers.