Welcome

I am a scholar of comparative politics, focusing on the political economy of development. My research examines the relationship between citizens and political officials, with a particular emphasis on accountability in developing countries. I am particularly interested in two related but distinct threads of research: one considers how accountability mechanisms can be perverted or disrupted when states are developing politically or economically; and the other considers the methods and data used to study accountability relationships around the world. To conduct this research, I partner with government institutions, international organizations, and policy makers, as well as other academics. Methodologically, I utilize various tools in my work, including interviews, text analysis, observational data, and experiments (RCTs, lab-in-the-field, conjoint, and behavioral experiments). 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. I am also Project Manager of Experiments for the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Project and a founding Principal Investigator of the Digital Society Project, both cross-national data projects providing publicly available political data.