Martha Wilfahrt

Martha Wilfahrt is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Northwestern University. She studies the political economy of development, with a focus on African politics and is affiliated with the Political Science department and the Program in African Studies. Broadly put, Martha's research interests revolve around how states treat their citizens, be it through providing them with public goods, collecting taxes or regulating their economies. Martha is currently working on a book manuscript, based on her dissertation, that looks at the long-term impact of pre-colonial institutions on the local politics of public goods delivery in rural Senegal. Other on-going projects include a co-authored project on the role of traditional authorities and informal institutions in the 2014-15 Ebola response as well as a series of papers on central-local fiscal transfers in decentralized Senegal.