Michaela Collord | Student | Profiles
Michaela Collord

 Michaela Collord

Research topic:
Party-building and legislative strengthening with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa
Degree course:

Academic Profile

My doctoral thesis examines legislative institutional change in authoritarian regimes, identifying under what conditions parliaments strengthen. Through a comparative historical study of Uganda and Tanzania, I show how differences in political finance and party-building result in contrasting patterns of legislative development. As part of my doctoral work, I conducted 15 months of fieldwork, carrying out elite interviews and archival research while also investing in Kiswahili language-learning. 

My broader research interests include the political economy of institutional change and regime survival, elections and campaign finance, legislative and budgetary advocacy, and the political history of Uganda and Tanzania.  

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

Teaching Experience: 

208 Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa (2016, 2017)

I delivered a series of guest lectures for the course Legislatures and legislative processes in Africa to undergraduates studying Politics and Public Administration at the University of Dar es Salaam.

Teaching Interests:

Politics in Africa, Comparative politics, political economy of development. 


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Postgraduate Studentship (fully funded), 2013-2016.

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Internship Support Scheme Award. National Democratic Institute Uganda country office, two-month funded internship, 2016.

Kings College, Cambridge Studentship (fully funded), 2012-2013

ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Internship Support Scheme award.

Two-month funded internship at the National Democratic Institute, Uganda country office.


‘From the electoral battleground to the parliamentary arena: Understanding intra-elite bargaining within Uganda’s National Resistance Movement.’ [Forthcoming in Journal of Eastern African Studies, special issue on the 2016 Ugandan Elections]

‘The Legislature: Institutional Strengthening in Historical Perspective.’ [Book chapter forthcoming in Politics in Africa: The Importance of Institutions, ed. Nic Cheeseman, Cambridge University Press]

Book review. Elections in a Hybrid Regime: Revisiting the 2011 Ugandan Polls, ed Sandrine Perrot, Sabiti Makara, Jerome Lafargue, Marie-Aude Fouere. Politique Africaine, 141:1 (2016): 199-201.   

Conference Papers and Presentations

‘The political economy of dominant party survival: Explaining variation across African states’ American Political Science Association, Philadelphia (Sept 2016).

‘A political settlement analysis of party system development: A case study of Tanzania.’ Applied Political Settlements Workshop, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford (Sept 2016). 

‘Party v. Personality: Intra-elite factionalism and parliamentary nominations in Tanzania’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi.’ Researching East Africa, Warwick University, one-day workshop (May 2016). 

‘From the electoral battleground to the parliamentary arena: Understanding intra-elite bargaining within Uganda’s National Resistance Movement.’ The NRM Regime in the 2016 Ugandan Elections, University of Oxford, one-day workshop (April 2016).

‘President, parliament and public goods provision: the case of semi-authoritarian Uganda.’ African Studies Association, San Diego (Nov 2015). 

‘Patronage, parties and parliament: Legislative institutional change in Tanzania.’ Invited talk for the Democracy Discussion Group, University of Cambridge (Nov 2015). 

‘Authoritarian politics, donor influence, and Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill.’ African Studies Association UK, University of Sussex (Sept 2014).