I am a Postdoctoral Research Scholar and Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, and a Research Affiliate at the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa at the University of Cape Town. My work lies at the intersection of comparative politics and the political economy of development, with a substantive interest in protest and other forms of democratic accountability. I use a multi-method approach, combining in-depth qualitative fieldwork with statistical analysis, surveys, and experiments (field, natural, and survey), to answer two related questions: When and under what circumstances do individuals mobilize in pursuit of political, social and economic change? And what effect does this have on government accountability, resource allocation, and the quality of governance? More details on my publications and current research projects can be found here.
I hold a PhD in African Studies and Government from Harvard University, 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.