Kate Baldwin recently completed her PhD at Columbia University. Her dissertation examines the effects of non-elected traditional leaders on democratic politics, drawing on original surveys, experiments and interviews she conducted in rural Zambia. Her current research focuses on the impact of non-governmental organizations on democratization, political accountability and inequality in sub-Saharan Africa. She has held fellowships at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University, and the Alexander Hamilton Center for the Study of Political Economy at New York University. Her research has been published in the American Political Science Review.