During her fellowship year, Mai Hassan will work on new projects on Sudan’s autocracy and recent revolution. Her past scholarship has been on regime change and the state, especially the politicization of the public sector in Africa. Her first book, Regime Threats and State Solutions: Bureaucratic Loyalty and Embeddedness in Kenya, (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), examines how the management of bureaucrats in Kenya affects their willingness and ability to comply with politicized orders across both autocratic and electoral regimes. In doing so, the book shows that variation in state capacity across a country is purposeful, and dependent on the interests and abilities of local bureaucrats.
Hassan has been an assistant professor in the political science department at the University of Michigan since 2016 and earned her PhD in government at Harvard University.