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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)


Dr Lockwood worked as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, before joining the Centre of Development Studies in 2021. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa at the University of Cape Town, where she co-founded the Political Parties in Africa project. In addition to her academic work, she is a Senior Consultant for Menas Associates, where she provides strategic, political and integrity risk analysis for Southern Africa. She is a Fellow of Clare College.


Dr Lockwood’s work lies at the intersection of comparative politics and the political economy of development, with a substantive interest in protest and other forms of democratic accountability. She uses a multi-method approach, combining in-depth qualitative fieldwork with statistical analysis, surveys, and experiments (field, natural, and survey), to answer two related questions: When and under what circumstances do individuals mobilize in pursuit of political, social and economic change? And what effect does this have on government accountability, resource allocation, and the quality of governance? More details on her publications and current research projects can be found here.


Key publications: 

Lockwood, Sarah J. (2021). Protest Brokers and the Technology of Mobilization: Evidence from Africa. Comparative Political Studies. 

Lockwood, Sarah J., Mattes, Robert, and Krönke, Matthias. (2021). Party Structures and Organization Building in Africa. Party Politics.

Krönke, Matthias, Lockwood, Sarah J., and Mattes, Robert. (2021). Party Footprints in Africa: Measuring Local Party Presence Across the Continent. Party Politics

Lockwood, Sarah J., and Krönke, Matthias. (2021). Do Electoral Systems Affect How Citizens Hold Their Governments Accountable? Evidence from Africa. Democratization, 28(3), 583-603. 

Lockwood, Sarah J. (2020). Book Review: Demanding Development: The Politics of Public Goods Provision in India’s Urban Slums by Adam Michael Auerbach. Democratization, 1-2. 

Lockwood, Sarah J. (2018). Leverage in a Tight Space: Zimbabwean Foreign Policy in International Organizations. In J. Warner and T. M. Shaw (eds.), African Foreign Policies in International Institutions, New York, NY: Palgrave-Macmillan, pp.265-282. 

Lockwood, Sarah J. (2018). Book Review: The Paradox of Traditional Chiefs in Democratic Africa by Kate Baldwin. Political Studies Review, 16(1). 

Lockwood, Sarah J. (2018). The Forecast: South Africa 2018. Menas Associates. 

Lockwood, Sarah J. (2016). The South African Elections: An Analysis. Menas Associates. 

Lockwood, Sarah J. (2015). “Honorable Malema, welcome to this House...It will be a tough place for you”: The Economic Freedom Fighters and the Threat to ANC Hegemony in South Africa. In On Africa. 

Teaching and Supervisions


Dr Lockwood is the coordinator for papers on Protests, Social Movements and Development, and Civil Conflict, Political Violence and Development for the MPhil in Development Studies.

Other Professional Activities

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS: American Political Science Association; African Studies Association; International Network of Crisis Mappers; Midwest Political Science Association; South African Association of Political Studies.

Assistant Professor of Development Studies
Fixed-Term Lecturer
Fellow, Clare College

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