I am a Ph.D. student in the Political Economy & Government program at Harvard University. My research lies at the intersection of development economics and political economy. I study the politics of development with a focus on fragile state settings, informal institutions, and conflict in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly the Great Lakes region, and Latin America. Using a range of methods, from field and natural experiments to qualitative interviews, my research aims to address the overarching question of what characterizes governance in fragile states and how it might be improved.
I have spent 7 months doing fieldwork in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and one summer in Sierra Leone before the Ebola outbreak.
Before coming to graduate school I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics with a secondary field in Economics from the University of Essex and attended high school in Rwanda and Canada. I also worked in Ghana and Malawi for the German Development Bank, KfW.