I am currently a Quantitative Researcher at Facebook focusing on civic engagement, elections and social media.
I am also a Research Fellow at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin - Madison. I received my PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.
My primary academic research interest is the political economy of development, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. My dissertation, titled Traditional Authority in the State: Chiefs, Elections, and Taxation in Ghana, looks at the clientelistic relationship between local politicians and chiefs. This research was funded by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Dissertation Improvement Grant.
I previously was a Democracy Fellow at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). My work there focused on randomized controlled trial (RCT) experiments and impact evaluation in the Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Sector. This was both a research and policy position. As a Democracy Fellow, I served as a Principal Investigator on three RCTs in Peru, Zambia, and the DRC.
In addition to my dissertation and USAID-associated work, I have completed research on fiscal accountability in Kenya, incumbency advantage in African legislative elections, female representation in African legislatures, the influence of social networks on diffusion effects in field experiments, and how the accuracy of perceptions of polarization affects US Congressional elections.