Jessica Gottlieb is a PhD Candidate specialising in Comparative Politics with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa at Stanford University. She received an MA in Economics from Stanford in 2011. She studies political behaviour, institutions, and government performance in developing countries. Her dissertation demonstrates how low voter expectations, collusion among political parties, and social inequalities together undermine electoral accountability in Mali. In her past and current research, Gottlieb combines extensive field work, sound research design and rigorous methods such as field, survey and behavioural experiments.