I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, where I am also a Lecturer on Government and Social Studies and an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science.
I study comparative politics and the political economy of development, with a focus on local-level political accountability in developing countries, particularly in Latin America. My dissertation and book project examines how voters hold their elected officials accountable in contexts where institutions and political parties are weak. I use surveys, experimental, qualitative and quantitative data, and text analysis.
My work has been funded by the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and Foundations of Human Behavior Initiative. The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) Grassroots Development Fellowship funded 12 months of fieldwork in Peru.
Prior to Harvard, I worked in the field of international development, beginning my career in Sub-Saharan Africa, with long-term work in Rwanda and shorter-term positions bringing me to Mali and Zambia. My more recent work focused on Latin America, where I spent four years in Lima, Peru working on politics and governance research.
I hold a B.A. in Sociology from Barnard College and an M.A. in International Development and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Department of Government
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