Neil Nevitte works to bring free and fair elections to post-conflict nations in hopes of helping make the transition to democracy possible
BY HAILEY EISEN
Professor Neil Nevitte was on leave from his teaching position at Harvard University and had been spending some time on his home-turf in the United Kingdom, when he decided that he was tired of the bad weather and needed a break. “I walked into a travel agency and said I wanted to go somewhere warm that wasn’t touristy,” he recalls. “I was told that a European-style hotel had just opened up in Gambia, West Africa and that there was one flight there per week.” Nevitte booked a two-week vacation and found himself checking-in to this hotel a few days later.