I am a PhD candidate and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. My research focuses on the formal and informal institutions that shape political participation, government accountability, and social exclusion. I am currently working on a project that examines how information about non-state service delivery affects the social institutions that govern political behavior in Nairobi’s informal settlements. In other research, I study how exposure to information (from the media and from variation in local social diversity) shapes public opinion of sexual minorities. This work is published in the British Journal of Political Science and Politics and Religion.
I also have extensive experience in community development, research design, data analysis, project management, monitoring and evaluation, and impact evaluation. Prior to graduate school, I directed program management and impact evaluation for an organization in Nairobi, Kenya. In that role, I designed and implemented a program model focused on increasing marginalized community members’ participation in community development. Since then I have consulted for organizations such as Google and the World Bank.
Feel free to contact me to learn more about my experience or to ask for a copy of my working papers.
Methodological: Statistical modeling (generalized linear, hierarchical, longitudinal), experimental and mixed-method research design and analysis, survey design and sampling techniques, causal inference, data visualization.
Programming/Tools: R, GitHub, Dooblo, LaTeX, Markdown, Python (beginner), ATLAS.ti (beginner)
Substantive: Graduate coursework and applied experience in the political economy of development, effective governance, community driven development, social cohesion, education, ICTs for development, gender and sexuality, program design and evaluation, and program management.
The information effects of NGOs on social institutions and political behavior