Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University
I am Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University's Bush School of Government and Public Service. I hold a PhD in Political Science and MA in Economics from Stanford University. My research investigates constraints to democratic accountability in low-income countries; these include information asymmetries and problems of voter coordination, informal institutions and clientelism, and unequal gender norms. This work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, World Politics, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and World Development. Much of my research has been in sub-Saharan Africa, where I have conducted field experiments, behavioral games, and surveys. My current projects focus on the implications of weak state capacity and high informality for democratic accountability. I am grateful for past financial support from the NSF, IGC, CDDRL, EGAP, CEGA, ConDev, and Stanford.
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