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Personal profile

Personal Statement

Born in the United States, I spent the past 25 years researching and teaching in South Africa, before moving to Strathclyde in 2016.  My research focuses on issues of democratization, by studying voting, public opinion, and elected legislatures, in democratizing countries in Africa and particularly South Africa.

Research Interests

I work on issues of democratization primarlily through the tools of survey research but also employ other methods of institutional analysis.  I am co-founder and Senior Adviser of Afrobarometer, a regular survey of public opinion in 35 African countries (www.afrobarometer.org). I am also co-founder and co-Principal Investigator of the African Legislatures Project, a study of legislatures and legislators in 17 countries(www.cssr.uct.ac.za/alp).  Finally, I am the founder and Principal Investigator of the South African National Election Study, a longitudinal series of post-election surveys dating back to South AFrica's first democratic election of 1994 (www.cssr.uct.ac.za/daru/sanes).  These studies are also carried out in association with the Comparative National Elections Project, and Comparative Study of Electoral Systems project.

Expertise & Capabilities

Survey Research

Comparative Politics

African Politics

South African Politics

United States Politics

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Master of Arts, University of Delaware

Bachelor of Arts, Youngstown State University

External positions

Honorary Professor, University of Cape Town

1 Jan 2017 → …

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Projects 1988 2008

ALP: African Legislatures Project

Mattes, R., Mozaffar, S. & Barkan, J.

1/01/08 → …

Project: Research

Global Barometer Surveys

Chu, Y., Mattes, R., Lagos, M., Haerpfer, C., Tessler, M. & Shastri, S.

1/06/00 → …

Project: Research

Research Output 1994 2019

2 Citations (Scopus)

In whose interest? Gender and mass-elite priority congruence in Sub-Saharan Africa

Clayton, A., Josefsson, C., Mattes, R. & Mozaffar, S., 15 Jan 2019, In : Comparative Political Studies. 52, 1, p. 69-101 33 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
elite
citizen
gender
women's representative
women's rights

The consequences of partisanship in Africa: cognitive lens or tribal straightjacket?

Mattes, R. & Kroenke, M., 31 Dec 2019, Research Handbook on Political Partisanship. Oscarsson, H. & Holmberg, S. (eds.). Cheltenham, UK, 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

voting
citizen
performance

Prizes

Academy of Science of South Africa

Robert Mattes (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Election to learned society

Liphart/Przeworski/Verba Data Set Award

Robert Mattes (Recipient), Michael Bratton (Recipient) & E. Gyimah-Boadi (Recipient), 2004

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

politics

Activities 2017 2019

  • 11 Journal peer review

International Journal of Transitional Justice (Journal)

Robert Mattes (Peer reviewer)
2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal peer review

British Journal of Political Science (Journal)

Robert Mattes (Peer reviewer)
2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesJournal peer review