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Ruth Carlitz Assistant Professor Department of Political Science Tulane University

Ruth Carlitz

Assistant Professor
On Research Leave for Fall 2021


My research looks at government responsiveness from the ‘top down’ (how governments distribute public goods) and the ‘bottom up’ (what citizens and non-governmental organizations can do to promote transparency and accountability). I focus primarily on East Africa, inspired by my experience living and working in Tanzania from 2006-2008. In addition to my academic research, I have worked on evaluations commissioned by organizations including the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Twaweza, the International Budget Partnership, the Institute of Development Studies, and the UK’s Department for International Development.


Comparative Politics, African Politics, Foreign Aid and Development Policy, Public Finance and Budgeting