(Comparative analysis of judicial decision making in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda).


“Rethinking Law and State Building in sub-Saharan Africa” Law and Social Inquiry Volume 41, Issue 2, pages 471–479, Spring 2016

"Fostering Interdisciplinary Thinking through an International Development Case Study" with Diep Phan and Jennifer Esperanza, Journal of Political Science Education, 2016, Vol. 12:2

“Judicial Independence under the APRM: From Rhetoric to Reality” South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) Occasional Paper No. 212, March 2015

“Judges and Their Allies: Rethinking Judicial Autonomy through the Prism of Off-Bench Resistance” with Alexei Trochev, Journal of Law and Courts Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring 2014, pp.67-91

“Courts and the emergence of statehood in post-colonial Africa”, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly Special Edition 'Bench and Bar: The (Dis)Appearance of Britain' Autumn 2012

“Reworking Strategic Models of Executive-Judicial Relations: Insights from New African Democracies” with Peter VonDoepp. Comparative Politics, vol. 43, no. 2, 2011, pp. 147–165

“Reemergence of the Other: Nationalism in Post-Nyerere Tanzania” Canadian Review of Studies in Nationalism, Vol. 32, 2005


“Who Wants to be a High Court Judge? Gender and Judicial Appointments in Malawi.” In Gender and Judging in Africa: Process, Progress, Prospects (forthcoming, 2020)

“The Judiciary and Democratization in Africa” in Routledge Handbook of Democratization in Africa (August, 2019)

“The Pitfalls and Promises of Interviewing Judges” in Data and Methods in the Comparative Study of Legal Institutions (forthcoming) Cambridge University Press

“The Gendering of Judicial Appointment Processes in African Courts” in African Women Judges on International Courts: Unveiled Narratives. Eds. Josephine Dawuni and Akua Kuenyehia Routledge 2017

“Botswana: Delayed Indigenization and Feminization of the Judiciary” with Gretchen Bauer, in Gender and the Judiciary in Africa: From Obscurity to Parity? Eds. Gretchen Bauer and Josephine Dawuni. Routledge 2015


“Institutional Development Evolution in Transitioning Economies: The Case of Vietnam’s Land Law Reform” with Diep Phan. Upton Annual Proceedings, 2019

“Contemporary Art as Insurgent Citizenship: Dakar - Whose City is it?” in The View From Here: Contemporary Perspectives From Senegal, ed. Joseph L. Underwood, Kent State University School of Art Collection & Galleries, 2018

“The African Judiciary: Democratic Ally, Antagonist, or Both?” Center for Strategic Intelligence Research, article for Africa Research Initiative Newsletter September 2016

“Not all Law is Public: Reflections on Data Transparency for Law and Courts Research in Africa,” article for African Politics Conference Group Newsletter special edition on DA-RT, August 2016 (with Mark Fathi Massoud)

Politics of Judicial Independence in Zambia, Report prepared for Freedom House. May 2016 

(2015) Data for: “Democratic and Judicial Stagnation” (155-200). Pathways to Judicial Power in Transitional States: Perspectives from African Courts. 2013. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. Active Citation Compilation, QDR:10064. Syracuse, NY: Qualitative Data Repository [distributor].

Politics of Judicial Independence in Malawi, Report prepared for Freedom House. May 2014

Politics of Judicial Independence in Lesotho, Report prepared for Freedom House. August 2012

"Stuck in Between: Interviewing Judges and Other Legal Elites in Africa" Law and Courts, Vol.21, No.1, (Winter 2011)

“Bringing Study Abroad into the Political Science Classroom” EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 45, no. 5 (September/October 2010)

“Internationalizing the Curriculum: Track I” 2009 APSA Teaching and Learning Conference Track Summaries.  PS: Political Science & Politics (2009), 42:575-587
Rachel L. Ellett, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science 

Tel: 608-363-2334
Fax: 608-363-2718
Department of Political Science
Beloit College
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