My research focuses on clientelism, ethnic politics, electoral accountability, and judicial politics in new democracies, with a regional focus on Africa. My book on clientelism during elections, Money for Votes (Cambridge University Press), was awarded the African Politics Conference Group’s award for the best book published in 2018. My work has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the International Growth Centre, and the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) Metaketa initiative, and has been published in outlets such as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, the British Journal of Political Science, the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and Science Advances.
I teach courses on African politics, democratic erosion, surveys and experiments, and research design. During the Spring of 2015, I was a participant in the GWU Teaching and Learning Center’s Faculty Learning Community for Junior Faculty. From 2014-2018, I have served as a Faculty in Residence/ Faculty Guide at Mitchell and Lafayette Halls.