Rasheed Ibrahim

Rasheed Ibrahim

Fields of Study: Comparative Politics, Methodology



Areas of Interest:  African politics; democratic accountability; ethnic politics

Rasheed is a second-year doctoral student in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and affiliated with the Kellogg Institute of International Studies as a PhD fellow. His research focuses on democratic accountability in Africa as well as the role of traditional and other non-elected leaders in democratic accountability. His research also aims to understand how voting along ethnic affiliations may or may not hinder democratic accountability in African countries. He is also currently serving as the field representative for the Methodology sub-field in the Political Science program at Notre Dame. 

Rasheed has worked as a country coder on the Varieties of democracy (v-dem) project since 2019. He has also gained field research experience through his research in Turkey and in Ghana. As part of his current research, he has conducted elite interviews with Ghanaian Members of Parliament on their interactions with their constituents. 

He holds two master’s degrees, one in European Studies and another in Political Science, both from Sabanci University (Istanbul). He has studied the involvement of external powers, particularly the EU, Turkey, and Africa, in African politics between these two masters. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations.