My dissertation examines the problem of accountability in international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), which are private voluntary associations that aim to bring about sustainable improvements in a state’s ability to provide essential services. Despite the significant impact that their activities have on the distribution of wealth, resources and opportunities in the world, mechanisms of NGO accountability are weak by comparison to those applicable to political and for-profit corporate actors: beyond self-reporting there is very little oversight of their activities. The dissertation addresses this gap from a normative as well as a practical perspective, calling on political theory and analysis of existing law to build a model of accountability for NGOs and recommend policy changes. I defended my dissertation in April 2011 and will receive my Ph.D. in May 2011.
While at Harvard I served as the Bok Center Departmental Teaching Fellow and as a concentration adviser for the Government Department, as a Graduate Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, as a Resident Tutor at Lowell House and as captain of the Harvard cycling team. I received a B.A. in political science in 2001 from UC Berkeley, a J.D. in 2004 from Yale Law School and I was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 2008.