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Jacob Lewis.Jacob Lewis

Assistant Professor

Office: Johnson Tower 808
Phone: 335-5225
Curriculum vitae


Jacob S. Lewis (Ph.D., University of Maryland) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Public Affairs at Washington State University. His research centers on African politics and focuses on issues of corruption, conflict, and political psychology. His work has been published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Politics, and Political Studies Review. Professor Lewis maintains an active connection with the world of public policy and international development. Before beginning his life as an academic, he managed democratization and post-conflict stabilization programs across Africa as well as in Afghanistan. He loves alpine skiing, coffee, and cats.

Research Interests

African politics, social movements, conflict processes, political psychology, social trust, ethnic politics.


POLS 400 – State failure and the death of democracy

POLS 428 – Issues in political psychology

POLS 474 – African politics


Recent publications

“From Rallies to Riots: Why Some Protests Become Violent” with Brandon Ives. 2019. Journal of Conflict Resolution.

“Corruption Perceptions and Contentious Politics.” 2020. Political Studies Review.

“Signals, strongholds, and support: political party protests in South Africa.” 2020. Politics.

“The role of trust in mobilization and nonviolent discipline: Civil resistance evidence from Africa” Peer-reviewed monograph. International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. Forthcoming 2021.