About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Boston University. I study comparative politics and the political economy of development, with a particular focus on political violence, electoral accountability, and African politics.  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 recently completed my Ph.D. in the Department of Political Science at Yale University.

My book project investigates the logic of violence in electoral competition, analyzing why politicians use violence as an electoral tactic and how it affects voting behavior. I have also studied how the partisanship of elected officials affects local ethnic violence, as well as the relationship between electoral competition and local public goods provision. Current projects include researching the effects of party primaries in developing democracies, and how access to better information about voters shapes politicians' use of illicit electoral strategies.

I previously worked on global health policy research at the Center for Global Development and in the microfinance sector in Tanzania, and I've served as a consultant for the Transparency and Accountability Initiative.