My research focuses on political accountability, election integrity, and the quality of democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa. I also work on issues of research design and transparency.
In my book project, I use experimental and observational research methods to examine the effects of election quality on democratic responsiveness in developing countries. I show that politicians elected in high-quality elections exert more effort to satisfy constituents’ demands for local public goods, but do not attend more parliamentary meetings. I argue that interventions – such as election observation – that limit opportunities for fraud and violence, encourage politicians to work harder, substituting manipulation with effort.
My research has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the UK’s Department for International Development, the International Growth Center, and the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences. It has been published in the British Journal of Political Science and Electoral Studies.
I was a predoctoral fellow at Stanford’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (2015-2016) and previously held a Hewlett Research Fellowship position at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University (2009-2010). I have also worked as a consultant for the National Democratic Institute on domestic election observation efforts and parallel vote tabulations in Malawi (2009), Nigeria (2011) and Guinea (2015).
Download my current CV here.
- Election Integrity
- Political Representation
- African Politics
- Experimental Methods/Research Design
PhD in Political Science, 2017
University of California, Los Angeles
BA in Philosophy and Religion, 2006
University of Ghana