Lily Tsai

Lily L. Tsai is an Associate Professor of Political Science at MIT. Her research focuses on issues of accountability, governance, and political participation in developing contexts, with particular emphasis on Asia and East Africa. Her book, Accountability Without Democracy: Solidary Groups and Public Goods Provision in Rural China, was published in Cambridge University’s Studies on Comparative Politics and received the 2007-08 Dogan Award from the Society of Comparative Research for the best book published in the field of comparative research. Tsai has also published articles in The American Political Science Review, Comparative Politics, The China Quarterly, and World Development. Tsai received a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University in 2005, and is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright program and the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.

Content by Lily L. Tsai
  • Publication - Bulletin

    The economic impacts of Ebola - Bulletin three (May 2015)

    19 May 2015 | Lily L. Tsai, Robert Blair, Benjamin Morse

  • Project

    Population-based surveys to inform Ebola recovery

    Liberia currently faces the dual challenge of rebuilding after the Ebola outbreak while remaining vigilant to prevent its resurgence.  In this process, the Liberian government and humanitarian providers face a dearth of information to inform their efforts to support Ebola recovery. To respond to citizen needs in the aftermath of the Ebola crisis, providers need...

    28 Jan 2015 | Lily L. Tsai, Benjamin Morse, Robert Blair, Sabrina Karim