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)

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
  • Martin, Lucy and Pia Raffler. “Fault Lines. How Citizens Assign Blame for Failures in Public Service Provision” (R&R at the American Journal of Political Science)
  • Platas, Melina and Pia Raffler. “The Limits of Partisanship: How Information Can Encourage Crossing Party Lines.”

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”

Publications in Development Economics

  • Forthcoming. Fischer, Greg, Dean Karlan, Margaret McConnell and Pia Raffler. “Short-term Subsidies and Seller Type: A Health Products Experiment in Uganda”  Journal of Development Economics. 
  • 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)

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 Dissertation in Experimental Research, American Political Science Association, 2018
  • 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 

  • American Politics Conference, MIT, 2018
  • 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, 2018
  • 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