I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. My sub-fields are Comparative Politics and International Relations, and I focus on conflict processes, social movements, and government corruption & dysfunction. I focus primarily on African politics, and have worked and conducted research in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, and South Africa. I work in both French and English.
My dissertation argues that the reason African anti-corruption social movements take on such different forms is that they are structured by different types of corruption. I develop a typology of African social movements and examine how different types of corruption shape the likelihood of one form of contentious mobilization over another. The dissertation includes field surveys conducted in Nigeria and South Africa, geostatistical analysis of contentious events in Nigeria and Kenya, and statistical analysis of survey-level data across Africa.
In the field of international development, I have worked as an Anti-Corruption Specialist and Program Manager with Management Systems International and Associates in Rural Development in Washington, DC, specializing in programs in democratic rule of law and post-conflict stabilization in Sub-Saharan Africa and Afghanistan. Recently, I helped to manage an Africa-oriented governance program at Global Integrity. I am currently a Research Fellow with the Center for Open Data Enterprise.