ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden, Fall 2013 – Present
Associate Professor, Departments of Political Science and Public Policy Administration

EDUCATION

University of California, Berkeley
PhD, Political Science, August 2013
Dissertation: Urban-Bias and the Roots of Political Instability: The Case for the Strategic
Importance of the Rural Periphery in sub-Saharan Africa.
Dissertation Committee: Steven K. Vogel, Robert Price, Michael Watts, Catherine Boone

University of Chicago
MA, Social Science, December 2000
MA Thesis: Citizenship in Uganda: The Politics of Inclusion and Exclusion.
Thesis Advisor: Ralph Austen

State University of New York, Purchase
BA, Philosophy, November 1993

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • African Politics
  • State Development, Political Institutionalization
  • Political Leadership
  • Ethnic Conflict, Nationalism
  • Military Politicization, Coup Politics

PEER-REVIEWED BOOKS

Beth Rabinowitz, Coups, Rivals, and the Modern State: Why Rural Coalitions Matter in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Cambridge University Press, April 2018.
https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/coups-rivals-and-the-modernstate/C71A619B14BD24DB97930F96BB7E8C41#fndtn-information

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Beth RabinowitzDefensive Nationalism: Where Populism Meets Nationalism.” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, February, 2022.

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Beth Rabinowitz “Ethnicity and Power in sub-Saharan Africa: Do Colonial Institutions Still Matter?” Journal of Comparative Politics, April 2020. 
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Beth Rabinowitz,”More than Elections: Rural Support and Regime Stability in Africa.” African Studies Review61, no. 3 (2018): 27-52.

Beth Rabinowitz, and Paul Jargowsky. “Rethinking coup risk: Rural coalitions and coup-proofing in sub-Saharan Africa.” Armed Forces & Society 44.2 (2018): 322-346.

WORKING PAPERS

“Why now? Understanding the Spread of Populism and Nativism in the 21st Century”

“Political vs. Power Consolidation: a New Typology of Neopatrimonial Rule.”

WORKING MONOGRAPHS

“Nationalism and Populism at the Turn of the Century: Technological Revolution, Globalization and Anti-Liberal Backlashes”

“The Secret to State Success: Rural Elites in the Making of the Post-Colonial State”

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS AND PAPERS

Author meets Critique: ‘Local Resources, Central Authority: Struggles Over Power and Politics in Africa,’ Chair Catherine Boone, African Studies Association, 61st Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA., November 2018.

“Ethnicity and Power in Sub-Saharan Africa.” African Studies Association, 61st Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA., November 2018.

“The Military and Democratization: Challenging Assumptions About Popular Uprisings and Regime Change.” African Studies Association, 61st Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA., November 2018.

“Political vs. Power Consolidation: A New Typology of Neopatrimonial Rule.” African Studies Association, 60th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Il., November 2017.

“Persistence Despite Change: Ethnicity and Power in Africa.” African Studies Association 58th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, December 2016.

“Persistence Despite Change: Ethnicity and Power in Africa.” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 2016.

“Ethnic Salience: Bringing Institutions Back In.” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, August 2015.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose: ethnic power relations in post-colonial African states.” International Studies Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, March 2015.

“Urban-Bias and the Roots of Political Instability: The Case for the Strategic Importance of the Rural Periphery in sub-Saharan Africa.” American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 29, 2013.

BOOK REVIEWS

African Miracle, African Mirage: Transnational Politics and the Paradox of Modernization in Ivory Coast.
By Abu B. Bamba, Ohio University Press, 2016.
In International Journal of African Historical Studies, forthcoming 2018.

Seizing Power: Seizing power: The strategic logic of military coups.
By Naunihal Singh, JHU Press. 2014.
In Strategy Bridge, forthcoming.

PEER REVIEWER

  • International Studies Quarterly
  • African Security
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Behavior
  • Armed Forces and Society

AWARDS AND GRANTS

  • Nomination for American Political Science Association’s Gabriel Almond Award for best dissertation in Comparative Politics, 2015
  • Research Council Grant 2014-2015, Rutgers University
  • The Andrew and Mary Thompson Rocca Fellowship in Advanced African Studies 2011-2012, University of California, Berkeley
  • The Andrew and Mary Thompson Rocca Fellowship in Advanced African Studies 2009-2010, University of California, Berkeley
  • Political Science Department Finishing Fellowship 2010, University of California, Berkeley
  • Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR), Syracuse, New York, Spring 2009, Full funding to attend three-week seminar.

ACADEMIC AWARDS

  • Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity, Rutgers-Camden, 2019
  • Nomination for American Political Science Association’s Gabriel Almond Award for best dissertation in Comparative Politics, 2015

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • American Political Science Association (APSA), Member
  • International Studies Association (ISA), Member
  • African Studies Association (ASA), Member
  • African Politics Conference Group (APCG), Member

TEACHING

Undergraduate

African Politics, Upper-Divisional Course, Political Science
Classical Political Theory, Upper-Divisional, Political Science
Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, Upper-Divisional, Political Science
Introduction to Comparative Politics, Lower-Divisional, Political Science
Comparative Politics of Developing Countries, Lower-Divisional, Political Science
Industrialization and Urbanization in the Developing World, Upper-Divisional, Urban Studies

Graduate

International Economic Development, MPA/MS/PhD, Public Policy Administration
Logic of Social Inquiry, PhD Program Course, Public Policy Administration

Guest Lecturer

Lauder Institute, Wharton, University of Pennsylvania

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

Faculty Senate Member 2017 – Present
PhD Committee, Public Policy and Administration, 2014 – Present
Gen Ed Committee Member, Global Communities Committee, Fall 2013- Spring 2014
Course Evaluation Review Committee, Political Science, 2014 – Present
NTT Merit Award Committee, Political Science 2014 – Present
Undergraduate and Graduate Student Advising