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 different forms of electricity provision and its effects in developing countries. Brass's articles have appeared in a variety of journals.
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.