Dr Mwita Chacha

Dr Mwita Chacha

Department of Political Science and International Studies
Associate Professor in International Relations

Contact details

POLSIS - School of Government
Muirhead Tower
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Mwita Chacha is an Associate Professor in International Relations.

His research examines regionalism/regional integration and its intersection with domestic political and security outcomes. He is particularly interested in understanding public opinion towards regional organizations in the developing world, international responses to coups d’état, and the role of regional organizations in post-coup politics.

Feedback and office hours

  • Tuesday 2-4pm
  • Wednesday 12-2pm


Lecturer in International Relations:

  • PhD in Political Science, University of Georgia, 2011
  • MA in Political Science, University of Georgia, 2007
  • BA in Political Science, Valdosta State University, 2004


  • POLS 329: Rebuilding War Torn States? Confronting Legacies of Conflict (Spring 2020; 3rd Year)
  • POLS G81H: Post Conflict Peacebuilding and the International Order (Spring 2020, Post-graduate)

Doctoral research

PhD title
The evolution of regional integration arrangements in the developing world


Regional integration, international cooperation, coups d'état, public opinion



Recent publications


Chacha, M 2023, 'Public attitudes toward external democracy promotion in Africa', Democratization, pp. 1-30. https://doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2023.2246387

Powell, J, Ben Hammou, S, Smith, AE, Borba, L, Kinney, DH, Chacha, M & De Bruin, E 2022, 'Forum: a coup at the Capitol? Conceptualizing coups and other anti-democratic actions', International Studies Review, vol. 24, no. 1, viab062. https://doi.org/10.1093/isr/viab062

Chacha, M & Nussipov, A 2021, 'The breadth-depth trade-off and varieties of preferential trade agreements', Journal of Common Market Studies. https://doi.org/10.1111/jcms.13302

Powell, J & Chacha, M 2019, 'Closing the Book on Africa's first generation coups', African Studies Quarterly, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 87-94. <http://asq.africa.ufl.edu/files/v18i2a6.pdf>

Stojek, S & Chacha, M 2019, 'Colonial ties and civil conflict intervention: clarifying the causal mechanisms', Conflict Management and Peace Science, vol. 36, no. 1, pp. 42-62. https://doi.org/10.1177/0738894216655514

Chacha, M 2019, 'European Union membership status and decentralization: a top-down approach', Regional and Federal Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/13597566.2019.1632296

Powell, J, Smith, GE & Chacha, M 2019, 'Failed coups, democratization, and authoritarian entrenchment: opening up or digging in?', African Affairs, vol. 118, no. 471, pp. 238-258. https://doi.org/10.1093/afraf/ady050

Kobayashi, Y & Chacha, M 2018, 'Migration and public trust in the commonwealth of independent states', Regional and Federal Studies, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 523-541. https://doi.org/10.1080/13597566.2018.1480480

Powell, J & Chacha, M 2017, 'Economic interdependence and post-coup democratization', Democratization, vol. 24, no. 5, pp. 819-838. https://doi.org/10.1080/13510347.2016.1263617

Powell, J & Chacha, M 2016, 'Investing in stability: Economic interdependence, coups d’état, and the capitalist peace', Journal of Peace Research, vol. 53, no. 4, pp. 525-538. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022343316638588

Stojek, S & Chacha, M 2015, 'Adding trade to the equation: Multilevel modeling of biased civil war', Journal of Peace Research, vol. 52, no. 2, pp. 228-242. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022343314561406

Chacha, M & Horne, C 2014, 'Leadership Change and the Power of Domestic Audiences: A Game Theoretic Account of Escalation and De-escalation in Civil Conflicts', African Security, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 110-134. https://doi.org/10.1080/19392206.2014.911024

Chacha, M 2014, 'Regional integration and the challenge of overlapping memberships on trade', Journal of International Relations and Development, vol. 17, pp. 522-544. https://doi.org/10.1057/jird.2013.13

Chacha, M 2013, 'Regional attachment and support for European integration', European Union Politics, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 206-227. https://doi.org/10.1177/1465116512462910

Chacha, M 2012, 'Regional integration and nuclear energy in Africa', African Security Review, pp. 38.

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