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Lindsey Pruett

Graduate Student

Lindsey Pruett

Educational Background

  • B.A. Colby College 2013
  • M.A. University of Chicago 2015



I'm a doctoral candidate in comparative politics with research interests in West Africa. I study state-building, security sector development, and legacies of colonialism. My work is supported by the National Security Education Program and the Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.


African politics, State-building, Colonialism, Security Sector, Military Development


  • Government


I'm working on two long-term projects. First, I'm conducting extensive archival research to better understand the intersection of local authorities, state-capacity, extractive policies such as military recruitment and census enumeration, and the dynamics of resistance in colonial era Francophone West Africa, primarily in Senegal and Guinea-Conakry. Second, I'm exploring how and why post-colonial armies engage in civic action missions, including projects that are ostensibly oriented towards poverty alleviation and economic development. I'm specifically interested in how these projects and the nation-building discourse around them impacts public opinion and citizen views of the security sector and the military's role in politics.