Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in comparative politics at MIT. My research focuses on the political economy of development in West Africa. In my dissertation, I explore the ways in which political competition affects how citizens perceive and learn about the state, and the extent to which these effects influence voluntary compliance and state-building outcomes. I also conduct research to inform humanitarian response. My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the International Growth Centre, and the Folke Bernadotte Academy.
Prior to MIT, I worked for Innovations for Poverty Action in New York, Mexico, and Liberia, and as researcher for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Liberia. I hold a B.A. in Government from Colby College, and am a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.