Alex Scacco

I am an Assistant Professor in the Wilf Family Department of Politics at New York University.

I study comparative and ethnic politics, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. My current book project investigates the micro-dynamics of ethnic conflict in contemporary Nigeria. In particular, I'm interested in the question of why ordinary people choose to participate in risky forms of collective action.

I am also one of the principal investigators for the Urban Youth Vocational Training (UYVT) project, a field experiment that provided computer instruction to nearly five-hundred Muslim and Christian residents from conflict-prone neighborhoods of Kaduna in northern Nigeria in the fall of 2014. We collected baseline and endline data on an array of behavioral and attitudinal outcomes related to intergroup relations for about 1,000 subjects.

Other research projects focus on the human costs of partition, ethnic identity formation, electoral manipulation, and effective methods for asking sensitive questions, and I have worked in Nigeria, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda.

In 2010, I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University. During the 2009-2010 academic year, I was a fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University.