Professor Pickering’s current research focuses on the impact of aid for democratization on local communities in culturally diverse post-socialist Eastern Europe. She also works collaboratively on cross-regional research on the impact of efforts to improve the quality of local governance. Professor Pickering is an active member of the AidData Research Consortium. Additional research interests include civil society, ethnic politics, particularly in the Balkans; and statebuilding and refugee politics in post-conflict states in Eurasia. Through her mentorship of the award-winning international community engagement project, The American-Bosnian Collaboration (ABC) Project, she also supports student-led, collaborative research assessing informal educational activities that promote inter-cultural communication skills.
Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
“SMS Texts on Corruption Help Ugandan Voters Hold Elected Councillors Accountable at the Polls,” with Mark T. Buntaine, Ryan Jablonski, and Dan L. Nielson, https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1722306115.
Making Local Government Work Better: How local and internationally sponsored institutions interact to influence performance in Bosnia-Herzegovina, with Mirna Jusic, https://doi.org/10.1111/gove.12328. Supplemental appendix
Works in Progress
How Violence and Doubts about Ballot Secrecy Neutralize Corruption Effects on Turnout: A Field Experiment in Uganda, with Ryan Jalonski, Mark Buntaine, and Dan Nielson, under review.