Shelby Grossman



Shelby Grossman joined the Political Science department of the University of Memphis in 2017. Her research focuses on the political economy of development, with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa.  In her book project, which uses original survey data collected in Lagos, Nigeria from 1,878 randomly sampled traders, along with market case studies, she investigates the conditions under which private organizations promote economic activity.  She finds that strong markets maintain sophisticated institutions to support trade not in the absence of government, but rather as a response to active state interference.  Shelby has additional projects in Nigeria, including one looking at whether reputation affects contracting frictions (with Meredith Startz).

Shelby received her PhD in Government from Harvard University in 2016.