I am a political scientist currently completing my PhD in African Studies and Government at Harvard University. My work lies at the intersection of comparative politics and the political economy of development and I am interested in issues around mobilization and political participation. I use original fieldwork, archival data and the statistical analysis of survey and cross-national datasets to answer two related questions: When and under what circumstances do individuals mobilize in pursuit of political goals? And what effect does this mobilization have on state-building, governance and citizen-state relations? More details on my publications and current research projects can be found here.
In 2017, I set up a new multi-country data collection and research project together with Jeremy Seekings (University of Cape Town), Robert Mattes (University of Strathclyde), and Matthias Krönke (University of Cape Town). Based at the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa at the University of Cape Town, The Political Parties in Africa Project collects systematic, cross-national data about the structure and performance of Africa’s political parties, and the role they play in governance, political mobilization and democratic accountability.
I hold an MA in Government from Harvard University, an MSc in African Studies from the University of Oxford, and a BA in Political Science from Columbia University.