CV

Download my current curriculum vitae here; excerpts below.

Academic Positions
Assistant Professor, New York University Abu Dhabi, July 2016 —

Education
PhD, Political Science, Stanford University, 2016

Dissertation: The Religious Roots of Inequality in Africa
Committee: Jeremy Weinstein (chair), Pascaline Dupas, James Fearon, David Laitin

BA, Human Biology, Stanford University, 2007

Publications
Forthcoming. “Private vs. Public Information and Voting Behavior. A Field Experiment in Ugandan MP Elections.” (with Pia Raffler) Information and Accountability: A New Method for Cumulative Learning. Edited by Thad Dunning et al. (Under contract at Cambridge University Press).
2015. “Aid Externalities: Evidence from PEPFAR in Africa” (with Melissa Lee) World Development, 67: 281-294.
2014. “Muslim Education in Africa: Trends and Attitudes Toward Faith-Based Schools,” Review of Faith and International Affairs, 12(2): 38-50. 

Working Papers
Inter-Religious Competition and the Production of Human Capital in Colonial Africa
The Puzzle of Muslim Disadvantage in Education: Majority Status and Schooling Outcomes
The Institutional Origins of Muslim Disadvantage
Indirect Rule(s): Institutions and Long-term Development in Africa
Ebola, Elections, and Immigration (with Claire Adida and Kim Yi Dionne)
Religion, Patriarchy and the Perpetuation of Harmful Social Conventions: The Case of Female Genital Cutting in Egypt (with Lisa Blaydes)

Ongoing Projects
Determinants of refugee exclusion and its attenuation: the case of Syrian refugees to the U.S. (with Claire Adida and Adeline Lo). Pre-analysis plan here.
Tracking and explaining Americans’ response to the Ebola outbreak (with Claire Adida and Kim Yi Dionne)
SMS for Better Service Provision in Uganda (with Guy Grossman and Jonathan Rodden)
Information and Accountability in Primary and General Elections (with Pia Raffler).

Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
NSF RAPID (Ebola Survey), 2014
Experiments in Governance and Politics Regranting Initiative, 2014
Graduate Public Service Fellowship, 2014-2015
FSI Student Research Grant, 2014
Diversity Dissertation Research Opportunity Grant, 2014
Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Developing Economies (EIDE) Grant, 2014
Europe Center Graduate Student Grant, 2013
O’Bie Shultz Research Travel Grant, 2013
APSA Africa Workshop Fellow, 2013
Center for Philanthropy and Civil Society Small Grant, 2013
Gerald J. Lieberman Fellow, 2013-2014
AALIMS Student Fellow, 2012
FSI Global Underdevelopment Action Fund (with Lisa Blaydes and Sepidah Modrek), 2012
Abbasi Program Student Grant, Stanford, 2012
Graduate Research Opportunity Grant, Stanford, 2012
Center for African Studies Graduate Research Grant, Stanford, 2011
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention, 2011
Fulbright U.S. Student, Uganda, 2008-2009
Joshua Lederberg Award for Academic Excellence in Human Biology, Stanford, 2007
J.E. Wallace Award for Scholastic Achievement, Stanford, 2007
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, 2006

Conference Presentations
American Political Science Association, 2010, 2011, 2012 (cancelled), 2014, 2015 (accepted)
Research and Innovation in Governance, Yale Africa Initiative, 2014
African Studies Association, 2013, 2014
AALIMS, 2013, 2015
Midwest Political Science Association, 2013
Working Group in African Political Economy, 2010, 2012
Middle Eastern Studies Association, 2012
Western Political Science Association, 2010

Conferences Organized
Mobile Africa, Stanford University, October 26-27, 2012. Co-organizer on behalf of the Stanford Forum for African Studies..
The Black Atlantic: Colonial and Contemporary Exchanges, Stanford University, October 28-29, 2011. Co-organizer on behalf of the Stanford Forum for African Studies.

Other Work Experience
TV talk-show panelist, NTV, Uganda, 2014
Radio talk-show panelist, 93.3 Kfm, Uganda, 2014
Consultant, Chapter Four, Uganda, 2014
Consultant, USAID Uganda GAPP Program, 2013-present
Consultant, Agency for Transformation, Uganda, 2013-present
Technical advisor, Uganda Muslim Teachers’ Association, Uganda, 2013-2014
Contributor, The Independent, Uganda 2008-present
Columnist, The Independent (Rwanda Edition), Kigali, Rwanda 2011-2012
Research Coordinator, Fanaka Kwa Wote, Kampala, Uganda 2008-2009
Editorial Intern, The Daily Monitor, Kampala, Uganda 2007
Legal Intern, Office of Daniel Abrahamson, Berkeley, CA 2006
Intern, The AIDS Support Organization, Jinja, Uganda 2005

University Service
Co-President, Political Science Graduate Student Association, Stanford 2011-2012
President, Stanford Forum for African Studies, Stanford 2011-2012
Graduate Admissions Committee, Stanford 2012

Professional Organizations
American Political Science Association (APSA)
Middle Eastern Studies Association (MESA)
Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE)
Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)
African Studies Association (ASA)

Regional Experience
Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda

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