Melina Platas's research interests include comparative politics, African politics, voting behavior and elections, global health, political economy of development, and Islam in Africa.

Highlighted Research

The Religious Roots of Inequality in Africa

Across much of sub-Saharan Africa, Muslims have lower educational attainment than Christians, with fewer years of education, lower school attendance rates, and lower literacy rates. 

Research Group in Network Science

Substantive areas of research range from neighborhood segregation, to boundary conditions of diffusion, to trust and betrayal, to firm networks.