Simon Primus’ research interest is the comparative study of democratization processes with a focus on states in sub-Saharan Africa. The 1990s and 00s saw an unparalleled surge of democratic institutions on the African continent. The interaction of citizens with these new institutions is at the core of Primus’ work. His dissertation project searches for systematic changes in the voting behavior of African citizens in the course of democratization. Besides, he is concerned with political culture, i.e. attitudes and values of people towards the political system. Methodologically, he primarily refers to the statistical analysis of survey data in order to systematically compare African states.