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 public opinion. I am currently working on a project that examines how information about non-state service delivery affects citizens’ oversight of local government in Kenya. 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 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 education organization in Nairobi, Kenya. 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.
Data Analysis: Statistical modeling (generalized linear, hierarchical, longitudinal), experimental design and analysis, survey design and sampling techniques, causal inference with observational data, 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, education, ICTs for development, gender and sexuality, program design and evaluation, and program management.