Anne Pitcher is a Professor of African Studies and Political Science at the University of Michigan. She has a BA in Political Science and History from Duke University and an MPhil and DPhil in Politics from Oxford University, England.  Her current research focuses on the political economy of urban residential development in Angola, South Africa, and Kenya. Previous books include Politics in the Portuguese Empire (Oxford University Press, 1993) and Transforming Mozambique: The Politics of Privatization, 1975-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2002) as well as many articles and book chapters.  Her most recent book, Party Politics and Economic Reform in Africa’s Democracies (Cambridge, 2012) won Honorable Mention for best book award from the African Politics Conference Group, a section of the American Political Science Association and the African Studies Association.   She is currently editor, along with Kelly Askew, of a book series at the University of Michigan called African Perspectives.  She enjoys hiking, cycling, travel and theater of all kinds.