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Vladimir Chlouba

Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond

Dr. Vladimir Chlouba, assistant professor of leadership studies, researches the conditions that underpin political order in weak states. In particular, he is an expert in traditional leadership with a regional focus in sub-Saharan Africa. He also investigates the long-term ramifications of colonialism and the enduring effects of early statehood on the African continent. Having conducted extensive field research in several African countries, including Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Malawi, he is keen to involve his students in hands-on research experiences in the developing world.

Dr. Chlouba received his doctorate in political science at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the Jepson School in 2023, he was a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. At the Kellogg Institute, he explored how norms habituated by inhabitants of precolonial African states continue to shape ordinary people's attitudes toward politics today.

Dr. Chlouba’s work has been published in leading academic journals, including Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Historical Political Economy, and others. Outside of academic work, he has co-authored several policy-oriented reports published by the World Bank. To learn more about Vladimir Chlouba’s research and teaching, visit his personal website.


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    Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, University of Richmond