I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
My research focuses on comparative political economy issues in developing democracies. I am particularly interested in the electoral politics of foreign aid and service delivery, with current field projects in Uganda and Malawi evaluating how voters and politicians react to international development spending.
Another strand of my research is on electoral and criminal violence, with projects on the role of violence in elections and the impacts and causes of maritime piracy and crime. My research has been published in World Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, British Journal of Political Science and World Development.
I also direct the LSE African Political Economy Group.