David Stevens is a Fellow at the World Policy Institute and the Director of the Institute’s Program for African Thought – a program dedicated to raising the global prominence of African thinkers. Prior to joining WPI he was a doctoral candidate in Princeton University’s Department of Politics, where his research focused on the politics of Southern Africa as well as the interaction between technology, the economy, and the adoption of political ideas. While at Princeton, he was a PhD Affiliate at the Innovations for Successful Societies Program and the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs. In addition to his work with the Institute, David is Founder and President of Fireside Research, a New York -based content and advisory company that brings grass roots research to companies and organizations looking to enter African markets. MA, Princeton University. BA, University of California, Berkeley.