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Moses Khisa

Associate Professor

School of Public and International Affairs

Winston Hall 16

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Associate Professor (with tenure) of Political Science and Africana Studies, and a Research Associate with the Centre for Basic Research in Kampala, Uganda. Also, weekly columnist for the Daily Monitor newspaper, Kampala.


Teaching and Research Interests

Comparative Politics and International Political Economy with a focus on Africa.

Current Projects

  • Autocratization in Uganda.
  • Political Settlements and Revenue Bargains in Africa.
  • Coalition Politics and Institutional Transformation in Africa.

Recent Publications


  • Rethinking Civil-Military Relations in Africa (Co-edited with Christopher Day).
  • Africa’s New Global Politics (with Rita Kiki Edozie)

Peer Reviewed Articles:

  • “Deepening Politics of Fragmentation in Uganda,” African Studies Review, advance online release, August 2022.
  • “Contextualizing the Bobi Wine factor in Uganda’s 2021 Elections,” (with Sam Wilkins & Richard Vokes), African Affairs 120, no. 481 (2021): 629-643.
  • “Politicization and Professionalization: The Progress and Perils of Civil-Military Transformation in Museveni’s Uganda,” Civil Wars 22, no. 2-3 (2020): 289-312.
  • “Reconceptualizing Civil-Military Relations in Africa” (with Christopher Day), Civil Wars 22, no. 2-3 (2020): 174-197.
  • “Whose Africa is Rising,” Review of African Political Economy 46, no. 160 (2019): 304-316.
  • “Revisiting the Civil-Military Conundrum in Africa” (with Christopher Day and William Reno), Civil Wars 22, no. 2-3 (2020): 156-173.
  • “Shrinking Democratic Space? Crisis of Consensus and Contentious Politics in Uganda,” Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics 57, no. 3 (2019): 343-362..
  • “Politics of Exclusion and Institutional Transformation in Ethiopia,” Third World Quarterly 40, no. 3 (2019): 542-557.


Ph.D. Political Science Northwestern University 2016

M.A. Political Science Northwestern University 2013

Pre-Doc/M.Phil. Social Sciences Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta, India 2009

M.A. Human Rights Makerere University, Kampala 2007

B.A. Social Sciences (Political Science major) Makerere University, Kampala 2005