Leila Demarest is Assistant Professor of African Politics at the Institute of Political Science.
Leila Demarest is Assistant Professor of African Politics at the Institute of Political Science. Her research interests include peace and conflict dynamics, social movements, political parties, political communication, and ethnicity and religion in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her current research projects focus on:
- power-sharing and party politics in Nigeria’s National Assembly;
- political attitudes and behaviors of youths in urban Africa (with an empirical focus on Lagos, Nigeria)
Her teaching activities focus on African politics and research methods.
Leila joined Leiden University in October 2018. Previously, she worked at the Centre for Research on Peace and Development (CRPD) at the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium. She also obtained her PhD in Social Sciences (2017) from the KU Leuven as a doctoral fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO).
Leila Demarest is available to supervise PhD students and invites PhD research proposals in the areas of:
- Conflict and mobilisation processes in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Party politics in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Political communication and the media in Sub-Saharan Africa
See for more information on PhD positions:
- Nigeria country expert for 2022 Bertelsmann Transformation Index report