School of Social and Political Science

Dr Rebecca Tapscott

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Visiting Fellow

Rebecca Tapscott

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Dr. Rebecca Tapscott is a visiting fellow at the University of Edinburgh's Politics and International Relations Department. She is also an Ambizione Research 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 political violence, security, and non-democratic regimes; gender—particularly masculinities—and citizenship; international development; and research ethics governance. She is the author of "Arbitrary States: Social control and modern authoritarianism in Museveni's Uganda" (forthcoming with Oxford University Press). Rebecca's current research project examines the transnational diffusion of research ethics regulations and the political consequences of this emergent regulatory framework for social sciences research, especially in conflict-affected and non-democratic contexts. 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.



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

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Research interests

Comparative Politics, International Relations, Sub-Saharan Africa, Political violence, Authoritarianism, Gender, Research Ethics, State formation, Citizenship

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By appointment.