I am a Senior Research Associate at Duke University in the Department of Political Science and DevLab@Duke. I study political economy in developing countries, with a specific interest in how non-profit organizations shape, and are shaped by, politics and governance. In my research, I aspire to generate insights that can help donors and civil society strengthen democratic institutions and weaken autocratic rule in developing countries. To investigate these topics, my research uses spatial analysis, machine learning techniques, and causal inference tools including field and survey experiments.
My book project investigates the impact of non-state service provision on political economy, looking specifically at how the proliferation of access to NGO services affects political credit attribution, citizen political engagement, citizen expectations of government, and government investments in service delivery. My work at Duke focuses on understanding how civil society is affected by government policies and the downstream effects for politics and democracy.
My work has received support from the National Science Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development, an anonymous philanthropic foundation, the University of Pennsylvania, the Browne Center for International Politics, and the American Political Science Association. I am also a founding member and organizer of the Working Group for Evidence on Civic Space (WGECS), a group that brings together academics and practitioners to advance rigorous research on topics and programming related to civil society and civic space.
I completed my PhD in comparative politics and international relations at the University of Pennsylvania in July 2019.