Welcome! I am a researcher based in Berkeley, California, where I am completing my PhD in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. My dissertation project answers the question: when do 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 after it arrives within their borders.
In addition to my dissertation research, you can read about my work in The Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog 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. 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.