My research seeks to improve our understanding of the factors underlying global and sub-national variation in governance and human well-being. As such, my work examines the role of governments, civil society, and citizens in providing social services such as health and education. The regional focus of my research is sub-Saharan Africa, where I have spent more than four years working and conducting fieldwork in eight African countries since 2005.
My dissertation explains variation in educational inequalities between Christians and Muslims in Africa, while a set of other research papers and projects cover topics relating to political processes and governance. These projects examine the role of information in promoting bureaucratic and electoral accountability. I employ a wide variety of data sources and research methodologies, including field and survey experiments, ethnography, archival research, GIS, and quantitative analysis of large household surveys.