I am a political scientist whose research examines the politics of health in sub-Saharan Africa. Using multiple methods, I examine how political factors shape health behaviours and outcomes.

I am the programmer of Lexicoder, a software package for automated text analytics developed with Stuart Soroka and Lori Young, and I am a partner at a small consultancy firm that specializes in providing support for Monitoring and Evaluation projects in developing contexts.

I hold a post-doctoral fellowship in Causality, Population Health, and Health Equity at the Montreal Health Equity Research Consortium (MHERC). Prior to MHERC, I studied political science at McGill University (MA 2008; Ph.D. 2015) and at the University of Toronto (Hon. B.A. 2006). I also hold a diploma in computer programming from Humber College (Dip. 2000).

My research interests are in Political Epidemiology, the Politics of Public Health, Monitoring and Evaluation, Youth Empowerment, and Media Analysis. My current project focuses on the road as a political space where the state and citizens interact, and how that interaction shapes risky health behaviours.

Regionally, I specialize in South Africa and Uganda, and I have fieldwork experience in Uganda, South Africa, Rwanda, Swaziland, Senegal, Haiti, and Jamaica.

I am a hopeless coffee addict and an unabashed music nerd, and I tweet @markdaku.