Welcome! I am an assistant professor of political science at Boston College. Previously, I was a visiting fellow at the Kellogg Institute at Notre Dame. I received my Ph.D. from Cornell University.  

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 politics of land rights and how citizens engage with plural systems of authority. This includes my book project on the impact of customary institutions on the development of property rights in Africa. My research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Social Science Research Council (SSRC), and Fulbright. My work has been published in Comparative Politics, Democratization, and World Development

In addition to field experience in Kenya (2018), Zambia (2012, 2013, 2014) and Senegal (2011, 2014), I have conducted research in Madagascar (2006) and Burkina Faso (2016), where I was a Peace Corps Volunteer from 2007-2009.  



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

Department of Political Science
Boston College
McGuinn Hall, Room 201
140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467