I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Yale University. I study comparative politics and the political economy of development, with a particular focus on political violence, government accountability, distributive politics, 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.
My dissertation investigates the logic of political violence in electoral competition, trying to understand why politicians use violence as a campaign tactic and how voters respond. 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.
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.