I am a scholar of comparative politics, focusing on the political economy of development. My research agenda examines the relationship between citizens and political officials, with a particular emphasis on accountability in consolidating democracies and developing countries. Current research addresses discrimination in petty corruption, anti-corruption policy, aid politicization, taxation-accountability links, and the ethics of field research. To conduct this research, I partner with government institutions, international organizations, policy makers, and other scholars. I obtained my PhD in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2014. For the 2014-2015 academic year, I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Project. In 2015, I joined the faculty of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy, Peter Thacher Grauer Fellow, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Global Studies, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science (beginning January 1, 2017).