Prof Rod Alence is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg. He is a specialist in the political economy of governance and development in Africa. His work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Democracy, the Journal of Modern African Studies, and the Journal of African History. Much of his research focuses on elections and governance in Africa, including a multi-year project on determinants of election-related violence. He developed and coordinates the MA program in e-Science at Wits, which provides training in statistical computing and applied data science methods for researchers in the social sciences and humanities. He earned his PhD in political science from Stanford University in 2001, and his dissertation won the American Political Science Association’s annual prize for best in the field of political economy.