About Me

I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Yale University and a Research Associate at the Center on the Politics of Development at UC Berkeley.  I study comparative politics and the political economy of development, with a particular focus on political violence, electoral accountability, and the politics of sub-Saharan Africa.  I also have an interest in causal inference and research methods.  My research has been supported by the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies, the Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy, and the Yale Council on African Studies. I will be joining the Department of Political Science at Boston University as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2017.

My dissertation investigates the logic of political violence in electoral competition, analyzing why politicians use violence as an electoral tactic and how it affects voting behavior.  To answer these questions, I have conducted extensive fieldwork in Kenya, gathering original data from a series of survey experiments and qualitative interviews with Kenyan voters and politicians, as well as observational data on the incidence of violence and election outcomes.

Prior to graduate school, I worked on global health policy research at the Center for Global Development and in the microfinance sector in Tanzania.  I have also served as a consultant for the Transparency and Accountability Initiative.