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: http://www.lexicoder.com/
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.