Welcome! I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Starting in the fall of 2017, I will be an assistant professor of Political Science at Boston College.  I received my Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2016. 

Within the field of Comparative Politics, my primary research interests are state-building and the political economy of development, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Several of my current research projects examine the political determinants of land policy and property rights. This includes my dissertation on the impact of customary authority on the development of mixed property rights institutions in West and Southern Africa. Dissertation fieldwork in Zambia and Senegal was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and Fulbright-IIE.

In addition to field experience in Zambia (2012, 2013, 2014) and Senegal (2011, 2014), I have worked and conducted research in Madagascar (2006) and Burkina Faso, where I was a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2007-2009. I graduated with honors from Northwestern University in 2007 with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies. 



Research Interests:
Comparative Politics, Political Economy of Development, State-Building, Natural Resource Governance

Kellogg Institute
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