School of Social and Political Science

Dr Rebecca Tapscott

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Visiting Fellow

Rebecca Tapscott

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Research interests

Research interests

International Relations, Authoritarianism, Gender, Political Violence, Research Ethics, Sub-Saharan Africa


Dr. Rebecca Tapscott is a visiting fellow at the University of Edinburgh's Politics and International Relations Department. She is also an Ambizione Fellow and lecturer at the Graduate Institute in Geneva (IHEID), as well as a Visiting Fellow at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at the London School of Economics. Her research interests include authoritarianism; international development; political violence and local security; gender; and research ethics governance, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. She is the author of "Arbitrary States: Social control and modern authoritarianism in Museveni's Uganda" (Oxford University Press, 2021). Rebecca holds a PhD from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She is the recipient of the Alfred Rubin Prize from the Fletcher School and the International Studies Association’s Carl Beck award. 

See CV here.



Tapscott, Rebecca. "Arbitrary States: Social Control and Modern Authoritarianism in Museveni's Uganda" Oxford University Press (2021).

  • Interview on the book in English and French
  • Podcast with Anastasia Shesterinina on empathy and fear in field research
  • Cartoon of key findings, drawn by Victor Ndula

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Staff Hours and Guidance

By appointment.