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Professor of Comparative Politics, University of Warwick

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 University of Warwick 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), she 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). She 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 X @GabrielleLynch6.

Teaching and Supervision

Gabrielle is interested in supervising PhDs in a range of comparative and African politics fields.


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    Professor of Comparative Politics , University of Warwick