Vladimir Chlouba is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science. His major field of study is comparative politics with particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa, his minor is in political methodology. Vlad's research interests center on traditional political systems in sub-Saharan Africa, state building, long-term effects of colonialism, and political economy of development broadly construed. In his dissertation, Vlad explores how the interplay between precolonial statehood and colonial disruption shapes current traditional institutions' performance. Vlad's research has been published in outlets such as Comparative Political Studies, Journal of the Middle East and Africa, and Economic History of Developing Regions. Prior to coming to Ohio State, Vlad completed undergraduate work at Connecticut College (USA), University of Namibia (Namibia), University of Mannheim (Germany), and Business Academy Aarhus (Denmark). He has conducted field research in Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, and Zambia.