Mark Daku

Assistant Professor
Political Science
Scharbauer Hall 2012A | 817-257-4776


Ph.D., Comparative Politics, McGill University (2015)
MA, Political Science, McGill University (2008)
Hon. BA, Political Science & Philosophy, University of Toronto (2005)
Dip., Computer Programming, Humber College (2000)

Courses Taught

POSC 20093 Scope & Methods of POSC
POSC 20503 Introduction to Comparative Politics
POSC 32003 Topics in Political Theory - Lies, Damned Lies & Statistics
POSC 35003 Topics: Comparative Politics - African Politics
POSC 39003 Computer Science for Social Scientists
POSC 39003 Topics in POSC Methods - Introduction to Data Science Using R

Areas of Focus

Methodology, Text Analysis, Health Politics, African Politics

I am political scientist with multiple, sometimes related, research interests.

Regionally, I specialize in sub-Saharan Africa – specifically South Africa and Uganda, two places where I have lived. I have also travelled extensively in the region, and I have worked in Madagascar, Swaziland, Senegal, and Rwanda.

Substantively, I have an interest in the politics of health. I have written on HIV in South Africa and Uganda, on the importance of employee sick leave, and I have a larger research project exploring the determinants of drinking and driving in South Africa and motorcycle helmet use in Uganda.

Methodologically, I specialize in text analysis, and I am the programmer of Lexicoder, a software package for automated text analysis. Specialization aside, I am a very strong proponent of multiple and mixed methods for political analysis, and I have used a wide range of methods in my research. I am constantly working to expand and improve my methodological toolkit.

Outside of TCU, I am a partner at a consultancy firm which provides data and methodology support for larger Monitoring & Evaluation projects, mostly in the developing world. I have worked on projects for UNICEF, the World Bank, the World Food Program, the Government of Rwanda, and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Finally, I am an unashamed music nerd, so feel free to drop by and talk [insert obscure musical genre here] anytime.


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Huang, Jonathan, Farhan Majid & Mark Daku. 2019. “Estimating effects of Uber ride sharing service on road traffic mortality in South Africa: A quasi-experimental study.Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Published Online First:  11 January 2019

Daku, Mark. 2018 “Ethics Beyond Ethics: The Need for Virtuous Researchers.BMC Medical Ethics. 19 (Suppl 1):42

Soroka, Stuart, Mark Daku, Daniel Hiaeshutter-Rice, Joshua Pasek & Lauren Guggenheim.  2017.  “Shifting Biases in Economic News, from Traditional to Social Media.” Communication Research.  First published online August 21, 2017.

Daku, Mark & Krzysztof Pelc. 2017. “Who Holds the Most Influence Over WTO Jurisprudence?”  International Journal of Economic Law, 20, 233-255.

Moreau, Julie & Mark Daku. 2017. “Much ‘I do’ about nothing?  The Impact of South Africa’s Civil Union Act on media representations of marriage.”  Journal of African Media Studies, 9(1), 145-161.

Nazif-Muñoz, José Ignacio & Mark Daku. 2016. “Are health systems in Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean reducing traffic fatalities?”  Traffic Injury Prevention, 17(S1):  178-181.

Daku, Mark, Stuart Soroka, & Lori Young 2015.  “Lexicoder v3.0”  Free, multi-platform software for automated text analysis.  Available online at:

Hengeveld, Maria & Mark Daku.  2015.  “Education as Domination:  Girls’ experiences in desegregated White South African schools.”  In Educating Adolescent Girls around the Globe:  Challenges and Implications, edited by Sandra L. Stacki & Supriya Baily.  Routledge:  New York.

Craft, Jonathan & Mark Daku.  2016.  “A Comparative Assessment of Elite Policy Recruits in Canada.”  Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis.  Published online:  20 Jun 2016.

Heymann, Jody, & Mark Daku.  2014.  “A Simple Solution:  Ensuring Equitable Access to Sick Leave.”  Canadian Medical Association Journal, 186(13):  975-976.

Daku, Mark, Andrew Gibbs, & Jody Heymann.  2013.  “Representations of MDR and XDR-TB in South African Newspapers.”  Social Science & Medicine, 75(2):  410-418.

Daku, Mark, Amy Raub, & Jody Heymann.  2012.  “Maternal Leave Policies and Vaccination Coverage:  A Global Analysis.”  Social Science & Medicine, 74(2):  120-124.