Welcome! I am completing my PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. My research investigates how so-called "fragile" states cooperate with international actors to mitigate suffering and improve the welfare of their residents. I investigate these issues of global concern in Sahelian and West African states, where foreign intervention has profound consequences for governance. I have worked on these topics in Guinea, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, Cameroon, and Nigeria.
My dissertation and book project explores the conditions under which host governments enable or prevent humanitarian aid from reaching its intended recipients in emergencies. I leverage cross-national data, original surveys, and in-depth interviews to trace the process through which governments decide to acknowledge an emergency exists, allow international organizations to provide aid, and impose restrictions on aid delivery.
You can read about my work on why members of ethnically marginalized groups don't listen to government directives during public health emergencies and why big data is not the solution to ending famines in The Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog . My work with the International Rescue Committee on the consequences of failing to collect quality data on refugees was covered by The Financial Times.
I am an IGCC Dissertation Fellow for the 2020-2021 academic year. My research has also been supported by the West Africa Research Association and Innovations for Poverty Action. At Berkeley, I have received support from the Center for African Studies, Institute for International Studies, and Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel.