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. In his dissertation, Vladimir examines the conditions under which traditional leaders in sub-Saharan Africa contribute to local governance, thus combining his broader interests in state building and political economy of development. Vladimir’s methodological interests center on causal inference and survey research. Prior to coming to Ohio State, Vladimir completed undergraduate work at Connecticut College (USA), University of Namibia (Namibia), University of Mannheim (Germany), and Business Academy Aarhus (Denmark). Vladimir Chlouba has conducted field research in Botswana, Germany, Malawi, Namibia, and Zambia.