Assistant Professor, Indiana University

Dr. Jennifer N. Brass is an expert on service provision, governance, and state development, with a primary geographic focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her book, "Allies or Adversaries: NGOs and the State in Africa" (Cambridge University Press), examines the role that nongovernmental organizations play in service provision, state-society relations, and state development. A second, collaborative project examines the governance of renewable and small-scale electricity provision, often referred to as "distributed generation" in developing countries.

Brass's articles have appeared in Governance, World Development, Development and Change, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Modern African Studies, Annual Review of Environment & Resources, WIREs: Energy & Environment, Journal of Asian and African Studies, and Journal of Public Affairs Education.

Brass has conducted extensive field research in Senegal, Djibouti, Kenya and Uganda. She holds a Ph.D. and masters in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an undergraduate degree from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor , Indiana University, Bloomington