My research focuses on the politics of international development. I am particularly interested in explaining how international organizations and politicians make decisions about development spending; and have completed several field experiments exporing this subject. In other strands of research, I study the economic effects of transnational crime and the reasons why politicians sometimes choose to use electoral fraud and violence to win elections. My work is largely based in Sub-Saharan Africa, and I have conducted field research in Malawi, Kenya and Uganda.
My research is published in British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Development Economics, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Science Advances, World Development and World Politics. My work has been funded by the World Bank, USAID, The Department for International Development, AidData, Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP), The National Science Foundation, and others.