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Gabrielle Lynch

gabrielle lynch

Professor of Comparative Politics

Tel: +44 (0)24765 23303
Room E1.26
Advice and Feedback hours: On research leave in 2014/15

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Gabrielle studied at the University of Oxford for a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, an MPhil in Politics, and a DPhil in Politics. She joined the department in 2011 after holding posts at Newcastle University, Keele University, and the University of Leeds.

Research interests

Dr Gabrielle Lynch’s research interests lie in understanding the nature and political salience of ethnic identities, politics of being indigenous, causes of inter-communal violence, impact and utility of reconciliation and transitional justice mechanisms, and elections and democratisation.

Her research to date has focused on Kenya, and between January 2011 and January 2013 she undertook a three-year project on ‘Truth and Justice: The search for peace and stability in modern Kenya’, which was funded through an ESRC first grant. Together with Nic Cheeseman (University of Oxford) and Justin Willis (University of Durham), Gabrielle was then awarded two further ESRC grants – an ESRC Knowledge Exhange Grant (2013-2014) to work with the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office on contemporary Kenyan politics, and an ESRC Standard Grant (2012-2017) to conduct a comparative study on elections in Kenya, Uganda, and Ghana.

Gabrielle is an elected member of council for the African Studies Association of the UK (ASA-UK) and the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA). Gabrielle is also the chair of the editorial working group of the Review of African Political Economy, and writes a twice monthly column for the Saturday Nation (the Saturday edition of Kenya's leading national newspaper).

You can follow Gabrielle on twitter @GabrielleLynch6.

Teaching and Supervision

Gabrielle is on research leave in 2016/17. She is interested in supervising PhDs in a range of comparative and African politics fields.

Recent publications include

Lynch, G. (2014) Bringing the Audience Back In: Kenya’s Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission and the efficacy of public hearings. In S. Rai & J. Reinelt (eds) The Grammar of Politics and Performance. Abingdon: Routledge.

Bosire, L. K. & G. Lynch (2014) Kenya's search for truth and justice: The role of civil society. International Journal of Transitional Justice 8 (2): 256-276

Cheeseman, N, G. Lynch, & J. Willis (2014) Democracy and its discontents: Understanding Kenya's 2013 elections. Journal of Eastern African Studies 8 (1): 2-24

Lynch, G. (2014) Electing the 'alliance of the accused': The success of the Jubilee Alliance in Kenya's Rift Valley. Journal of Eastern African Studies 8 (1): 93-114

Lynch, G. (2011) I Say to You: Ethnic Politics and the Kalenjin in Kenya. Chicago: University of Chicago Press