Welcome to my website! I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at UCLA. I specialize in comparative politics and quantitative methods. My research focuses on electoral fraud, the effects of domestic election monitoring, electoral accountability, and the political economy of development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
My dissertation examines the impact of fair elections on the responsiveness of elected politicians in developing countries. I focus on the case of Ghana, and utilize exogenous variation in the placement of election observers to measure the downstream effects of election quality on the behavior of Members of Parliament. My dissertation have been supported by a pre-doctoral fellowship (2015-16) at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law and a grant from the UCLA International Institute.
I received my bachelors degree from the University of Ghana. I was subsequently a Programs and Research Officer at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development. I was also a Hewlett Research Fellow at Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University in 2009-2010.
I have also worked as an independent consultant for the National Democratic Institute to help facilitate election observer efforts and parallel vote tabulations by domestic civil society groups in Malawi (2009), Nigeria (2011) and Guinea (2015).