KIRK HARRIS is a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at IU. His dissertation focuses on how underlying social features like ethnic divisions and levels of civic participation in public life affect accountability linkages between citizens and politicians in recent democracies in the development world, as applied in a comparative study of local development initiatives by Kenya's Constituency Development Fund (CDF). This research connects to a broader interest in African politics, democratization, and political economy in the developing world. Prior to coming to IU, Kirk worked for humanitarian relief, development, and peacebuilding organizations in Nairobi, Kenya, New York City, and Khartoum, Sudan. He has a bachelor's degree in International Studies from Whitworth University.