Nahomi Ichino


Nahomi Ichino is an Associate Professor in the Department of Government and formerly an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.  She is a faculty associate of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences, and the Center for Geographic Analysis, and a member of the Standing Committee on African Studies at Harvard University.

Professor Ichino’s research interests include voting behavior and the development and organization of political parties and electoral politics in Africa, with a particular focus on voter registration and electoral fraud in Ghana.  She also works on methodology for causal inference in comparative politics. Her work has been published in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. She is a member of EGAP (Experiments in Governance and Politics) and her research in Ghana has been supported by NSF grant SES-0752986.  She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University and her B.A. from Yale University.  


Ichino, Nahomi, and Noah L. Nathan. 2013. “Crossing the Line: Local Ethnic Geography and Voting in Ghana.American Political Science Review 107(2): 344-61. (Data)

Ichino, Nahomi, and Noah L. Nathan. 2013. “Do Primaries Improve Electoral Performance?  Clientelism and Intra-Party Politics in Ghana.American Journal of Political Science 57(2): 428-41. (Data)

Ichino, Nahomi, and Noah L. Nathan. 2012. “Primaries on Demand? Intra-Party Politics and Nominations in Ghana. British Journal of Political Science 42(4): 769-91. (Data) (Corrected Table 1)

Ichino, Nahomi, and Matthias Schuendeln. 2012. “Deterring or Displacing Electoral Irregularities?  Spillover Effects of Observers in a Randomized Field Experiment in Ghana. Journal of Politics 74(1): 292-307. (Data)

Glynn, Adam N., and Nahomi Ichino. “Increasing Inferential Leverage in the Comparative Method: Placebo Tests in Small-n Research,” January 2014 version. Forthcoming, Sociological Methods and Research.


Glynn, Adam N., and Nahomi Ichino. “Using Qualitative Information to Improve Causal Inference,” March 2014 version.
Revise and resubmit at American Journal of Political Science.

Faller, Julie K., Adam N. Glynn, and Nahomi Ichino. “Electoral Systems and Corruption,” August 2013 version.

Glynn, Adam N., and Nahomi Ichino. “Using Post-Treatment Variables to Establish Upper Bounds on Causal Effects,” May 2013 version.

Classes for 2013-14:

Gov 2227: Politics and Economics of Africa, Fall 2013.

Past Classes:


Gov 90bg: Parties and Elections in Developing Countries.

Gov 98ni: Topics in African Politics.

Gov 1111: Political Institutions in Democracies and Non-Democracies.

Gov 1197: Political Economy of Africa, Spring 2013.


Gov 2010: Strategies for Political Inquiry.

Gov 2105: Field Seminar in Comparative Politics.

Gov 2227: Politics and Economics of Africa.


Associate Professor

Department of Government

Harvard University


Department of Government

Harvard University

1737 Cambridge St, K206

Cambridge, MA 02138

T: +1 617.384.7231

F: +1 617.495.0438


On leave Spring 2014, no office hours.