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Elizabeth Sperber

  • Elizabeth Sperber

    Elizabeth Sperber

Assistant Professor
Sturm Hall, Room 471
Phone: 303-871-2138

Areas of expertise/research interests

• Religion and Politics (especially new religious movements)
• Political Economy of Development
• Global Social Policy
• Mixed Methods Research Design

Professional biography

Elizabeth Sperber is an assistant professor of political science at the University of Denver. She specializes in comparative and international politics, with regional expertise in sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Sperber is currently completing a book manuscript about the rise of new religious movements (e.g., Pentecostalism) in sub-Saharan Africa since the end of the Cold War.

At both Columbia and Brown University, Professor Sperber received awards for her work. She also served as a Mellon Graduate Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics at Columbia University, and has published work in journals such as Politics and Religion, the International Journal of Social Policy, the American Journal of Public Health, and the Journal of International Affairs, among others.

At DU, Professor Sperber will teach courses on identity and politics, the political economy of development, comparative democratization, and research methods. She looks forward to collaborating with students and faculty interested in the multidisciplinary study of identity and politics, including scholars in sociology, religious studies, and social and cognitive psychology.

Her primary research experience is in Uganda, Zambia, and South Africa.


Postdoctoral Fellow, McSilver Institute of Poverty Policy and Research and the Department of Politics, New York University
PhD, MPhil, MA, Political Science, Columbia University
BA, (with Highest Honors) Brown University