Jeff Conroy-Krutz

Jeff  Conroy-Krutz
  • Associate Professor and Chair
  • Comparative Politics
  • Department of Political Science
  • African Studies Center
  • 333 S. Kedzie Hall
  • 368 Farm Lane
  • East Lansing MI 48824
  • 517-353-8486


Jeff Conroy-Krutz


Jeff Conroy-Krutz is associate professor and chair of political science at Michigan State University, where he is also a core faculty member in the African Studies Center.  He studies media and information, ethnicity, clientelism, electoral campaigns, and polarization in Africa, with a focus on experimental methods.  His current work examines various radio-based efforts to combat scapegoating and hate speech, and encourage democratic engagement, with recent and ongoing projects in Burundi, DR Congo, Kenya, Mali, Niger, and Rwanda; he has also conducted research in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, and Uganda.  His work has appeared in African Affairs, British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, Comparative Politics, Electoral Studies, Journal of Modern African Studies, Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Political Communication, Political Research Quarterly, and World Development, and been funded by the National Science Foundation, USAID, BBC Media Action, the Embassy of the Netherlands, and the US State Department. He has a PhD in political science from Columbia University.  Since 2018, he has served as the editor of the Afrobarometer Working Papers Series.


  • “Individual Autonomy and Local-Level Electoral Solidarity in Africa,” Political Behavior, vol. 40, no 3 (September 2018), pp. 593-627.
  • “Loyalty Premiums: Vote Prices and Political Support in a Dominant-Party Regime,” Comparative Politics, vol. 50, no. 1 (October 2017), pp. 1-20.
  • “Partisan Media and Engagement: A Field Experience in a Newly Liberalized System” (w/Devra Moehler), Political Communication, vol. 33, no. 3 (2016), pp. 414-32.
  • Best Paper Award, Experimental Politics Section of the American Political Science Association (for best paper presented at 2013 annual meeting)
  • Sage Best Paper Award (honorable mention), Comparative Politics Section of the American Politial Science Association (for best paper presented at 2013 annual meeting)
  • “Moderation from Bias: A Field Experiment on Partisan Media in a New Democracy” (w/Devra Moehler), Journal of Politics, vol. 77, no. 2 (April 2015), pp. 575-87.
  • Best Paper in Journal of Politics Award, Southern Political Science Association (for 2015)
  • Kaid-Sanders Best Political Communication Article of the Year Award, International Communication Association, Political Communication Division (for 2015)
  • “Information and Ethnic Politics in Africa,” British Journal of Political Science, vol. 43, no. 2 (April 2013), pp. 345-73.