Edalina Rodrigues Sanches is a Research Fellow in Political Science at Instituto de Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa, where she integrates the research groups "SPARC: Social and Political Attitudes: Resilience and Change"; and "Regimes e Instituições Políticas". Her PhD thesis “Explaining Party System Institutionalization in Africa: From a Broad Comparison to a Focus on Mozambique and Zambia” (2014, Universidade de Lisboa) was awarded best thesis by the Portuguese Political Science Association (2016). Her research interests comprise democratization, political institutions, elections, political parties and party systems, and political behavior, with a focus on Africa. She has published in journals such as Parliamentary Affairs, International Politics, Electoral Studies, Acta Politica, South European Society and Politics, Journal of Asian and African Studies and Análise Social. She is a regular contributor to the blogs Presidential Power and Africaeye and has recently published the book Party Systems in Young Democracies: Varieties of institutionalization in Sub-Saharan Africa (Routledge, 2018). She is currently developing a project on parliamentary activity, party-citizen linkages and political cleavages in Africa.