Click here to download my CV as PDF; excerpts below.

Academic Positions


  • PhD, Political Science, Yale University, 2017
  • MA and MPhil, Political Science, Yale University, 2014
  • MIA, International Affairs, Columbia University, 2008
  • BA equivalent, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, University of Munich (LMU), 2005



  • Forthcoming. Platas, Melina and Pia Raffler. “Private vs. Public Information and Voting Behavior. A Field Experiment in Ugandan MP Elections.” Information and Accountability: A New Method for Cumulative Learning. Edited by Thad Dunning et al. (Under contract at Cambridge University Press)
  • Forthcoming. Baldwin, Kate and Pia Raffler. “Traditional Leaders, Service Delivery, and Electoral Accountability. Decentralization. Edited by Jonathan Rodden and Erik Wibbels. (Under contract at Cambridge University Press)
  • Jamison, Julian, Dean Karlan and Pia Raffler. 2013. “Mixed Method Evaluation of a Passive mHealth Sexual Information Texting Service in Uganda”. Information Technology & International Development 9(3)

Working Papers and Papers under Review

  • Raffler, Pia. “Does Political Oversight of the Bureaucracy Increase Accountability? Field Experimental Evidence from an Electoral Autocracy”
    • APSA Best Fieldwork Award, Comparative Decentralization Section, 2016
    • APSA Best Graduate Student Paper in African Affairs, Honorable Mention, 2016
  • Platas, Melina and Pia Raffler. “Meet the Candidates. The Effect of MP Debates on Voting Behavior in Primary and General Elections”
  • Martin, Lucy and Pia Raffler. “Fault Lines. How Citizens Assign Blame for Failures in Public Service Provision”
  • Fischer, Greg, Dean Karlan, Margaret McConnell and Pia Raffler. “Short-term Subsidies and Seller Type: A Health Products Experiment in Uganda” R&R at Journal of Development Economics. 

Works in Progress

  • Posner, Daniel, Pia Raffler and Doug Parkerson. “Bottom-Up Accountability and Collective Action. Replication and Extension of Bjoerkman and Svensson (2009)”
  • Platas, Melina and Pia Raffler. “Voting With the Polls? A Bandwagon Field Experiment in Uganda”
  • Platas, Melina and Pia Raffler. “The Limits of Coethnicity. Determinants of Vote Choice in Africa”
  • Grossman, Guy, Molly Offer-Westort and Pia Raffler. “Determinants of Public Resource Allocation”
  • Fiala, Nathan, Patrick Premand and Pia Raffler. “Information and Collective Action. A Field Experiment on Audits and Social Accountability in Uganda”
  • Karlan, Dean, Margaret McConnell and Pia Raffler. “Community-based Data Collection”

Policy Papers and Reports

  • Baldwin, Kate and Pia Raffler. 2016. “Traditional Leaders, Service Delivery and Electoral Accountability”. Decentralization. Edited by Jonathan Rodden and Erik Wibbels. USAID.
  • Dunning, Thad, Daniel N. Posner and Pia Raffler. 2013. “Political Knowledge and Political Participation. Improving USAID Program Design and Evaluation”
  • Martin, Lucy and Pia Raffler. 2013. “Local Governance in Uganda”
  • Raffler, Pia. 2006. “Implications of the Oil Price Hike on Fiscal Sustainability in Asia-Pacific”, UNDP Regional Center for Asia and Pacific, Colombo.
  • Raffler, Pia. 2006. “Contribution of the Service Sector to Growth and Poverty Reduction in Asia and the Pacific”, UNDP Regional Center Asia-Pacific.
  • Kühl, Stefan and Pia Raffler. 2004. “Capacity Building and Capacity Development – Concept and Theory”. Research Paper for German Development Bank, KfW (German)

Awards and Fellowships

  • Best Fieldwork Award, Comparative Democratization Section, American Political Science Association, 2016
  • Best Graduate Student Paper in African Affairs, Honorable Mention, African Politics Conference Group, American Political Science Association, 2016
  • Darius Thompson Waldhams Fellowship, Yale University, 2015-2016
  • Pierre B.A. Keller Fellowship, Yale University, 2014-2015
  • M. Cox Fellowship, Yale University, 2013-2014
  • Teaching Fellowship, Economic Analysis, Columbia University, 2007
  • Scholarship, German Academic Exchange Service for Academic Excellence, 2005-2006
  • Scholarship for Academic Success, E-fellows, 2002 – 2008
  • Nominated for German National Merit Foundation, 2001, 2004



Invited Presentations 

  • Political Economy Conference, Emory University, 2018
  • Bureaucratic Politics Workshop, Ohio State University, 2018
  • State Capacity Conference, Harvard University, 2018
  • Comparative Politics Seminar, Boston University, 2017
  • Comparative Politics Speaker Series, Harvard University, 2017
  • American Politics Speaker Series (CSDP), Princeton University, 2017
  • Niehaus Center for Globalization & Governance Seminar, Princeton University, 2017
  • Northeast Workshop in Empirical Political Science (NEWEPS), NYU, 2016
  • Georg W. Leitner Seminar on Political Economy, Yale University, 2016
  • Comparative Politics Workshop, Yale University, 2015, 2016
  • Experimental Political Science Graduate Conference, Harvard University, 2016
  • National WGAPE Meeting, World Bank and Georgetown University, 2016
  • Center on the Politics of Development Workshop, UC Berkeley, 2015, 2016
  • CAPERS Conference, Columbia University, 2013, 2015
  • Research&Innovation in Governance Conference, Yale Africa Initiative, Nairobi, 2014
  • Yale Georg W. Leitner Graduate Workshop on Political Economy, 2013, 2014
  • Yale African Politics Working Group, 2014
  • Yale Experiments Workshop, 2011, 2014
  • Yale CIRA Conference, 2012

Conference Presentations

  • American Political Science Association, 2012 (cancelled), 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • African Studies Association, 2015, 2016
  • European Political Science Association, 2015, 2018
  • Midwest Political Science Association, 2013, 2015


  • Instructor, Politics and Economics, Graduate Seminar, Harvard University, Fall 2018 (with Torben Iversen)
  • Instructor, African Politics, Undergraduate Seminar, Harvard University, Fall 2017 & 2018
  • Instructor, Political Economy Research Workshop, Graduate Course, Harvard University, Fall 2017 (with Robert Bates and Torben Iversen)
  • Teaching Fellow African Politics, Undergraduate Course, Yale University, Fall 2014
  • Teaching Fellow, Fundamentals of Modeling II (Game Theory), Graduate Course, Yale University, Spring 2013
  • Teaching Fellow, Introduction to Statistics, Graduate Course,  Yale University, Fall 2012
  • Teaching Fellow, Advanced Economic Analysis (Macro), Graduate Course, Columbia University, Spring 2007
  • Teaching Assistant, Demographics & Social Structure, Undergraduate Course, University of Munich, 2005
  • Workshop Instructor, LaTeX, Yale Statistics Lab, Spring 2013
  • Workshop Instructor, Executive Education, JPAL/IPA, 2012
  • Workshop Instructor, Survey Design, Yale Statistics Lab, Fall 2012

Other Work Experience 

  • Student Coordinator, Leitner Seminar Series in Political Economy, Yale, 2013
  • Research Consultant, Social Impact/USAID, Evidence Review on Political Participation, 2012
  • Consultant, Statistics Lab, Yale University, 2012
  • Country Director, Innovations for Poverty Action, Uganda, 2009-2010
  • Project Coordinator, Innovations for Poverty Action, Uganda, 2008-2009
  • Research Assistant, Prof. Chris Blattman, Survey on War Affected Youth (SWAY) & Northern Uganda Social Action Fund, 2007
  • Consultant, UNDP Regional Center Asia-Pacific, MDG Initiative, 2006
  • Research Assistant, Prof. Ulrich Beck, University of Munich, 2004-2005
  • Consultant, KfW (German Development Bank), 2003-2004