Robert Mattes

Robert Mattes

Robert Mattes is Professor of Political Studies and Director of the Democracy in Africa Research Unit in the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town.  He is also Senior Adviser to, and co-founder of Afrobarometer, a ground-breaking regular survey of public opinion in 35 African countries. He has also has helped to launch and run other major research projects such as the African Legislatures Project, and the South African National Election Study. His research has focused on the development of democratic attitudes and practices in South Africa and across the continent.  He is the co-author (with Michael Bratton and E. Gyimah-Boadi) of Public Opinion, Democracy and Markets In Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2005), and the co-editor (with David Denemark and Richard Niemi) of Growing Up Democratic: Does It Make A Difference? (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2016). He has authored or co-authored articles in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, World Development, Journal of Democracy, Democratization, and Party Politics. He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1992).