I am a post-doctoral fellow in the Political Science Department at Northwestern University, specializing in African politics. I received my PhD from Cornell University in August 2015.
My research focuses on the political economy of development and sub-Saharan African politics. Broadly put, my research interests revolve around state-society interactions, with particular attention to how informal institutions mediate state action and what impact these resulting state-society constellations hold for development outcomes. More specifically, I am pursuing a research agenda that looks at how interactions between the state and social forces drive patterns of public goods provision, shape government efforts to tax and impact subnational district creation. I employ a range of methodologies to answer my research questions, from micro-level data to qualitative interviews and archival research conducted during fieldwork.