Robert Mattes is Professor of Political Studies and Director of the Democracy in Africa Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. He is also a co-founder and co-Director of the Afrobarometer, a regular survey of public opinion in 18 African countries. His research has focused on the development of democratic attitudes and practices in South Africa and across the continent. He is the co-author author (with Michael Bratton and E. Gyimah-Boadi) of Public Opinion, Democracy and Markets In Africa (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and has authored or co-authored articles in journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, World Development, and the Journal of Democracy, Democratization, and Party Politics. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.