Kennnedy Opalo is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Stanford. His dissertation topic is on legislative development in Africa, focusing on the Kenyan and Zambian parliaments. Kennedy’s additional research interests include the political economy of development, resources and governance, and regional trade and economic cooperation in Africa. Kennedy is the 2012-2013 Susan Ford Dorsey Fellow at the Center for African Studies at Stanford. A native of Kenya, he has worked and done research in several African countries, including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Most recently Kennedy worked with the Global Commission on Elections, Democracy and Security supported by the Kofi Annan Foundation and International IDEA. Kennedy received a BA (with distinction) in Political Science from Yale and has published in different forums including the Journal of Democracy. He blogs at kenopalo.com.