I am a consultant in the World Bank’s Social Development Practice. I have nearly 10 years of experience as a practitioner and evaluator in international development with special focus on community development, governance, and inclusion. Prior to my current role, I worked with the World Bank on an evaluation of the Myanmar National Community Driven Development project and on technical analysis of gender inclusion in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. I also spent several years managing programs and impact evaluation for a community development organization in Nairobi, Kenya.
I hold a PhD in political science from the University of Washington where I was also a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. My research focuses broadly on the formal and informal institutions that shape political participation, government accountability, and exclusion of marginalized groups. My dissertation examined how non-state service delivery among Nairobi’s urban poor affects social norms regarding political behavior and government oversight. I’ve also published on how social diversity shapes public opinion of LGBTQ people.
The information effects of NGOs on social institutions and political behavior