I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science; and in 2018/19 am a visiting scholar at the University of Washington Department of Political Science. In my research I primarily use quantitative methods to study how governments and international organizations make decisions about the distribution of public spending in developing countries. I am also interested in the effects of crime, corruption and electoral manipulation on development outcomes. Much of my work draws on research in Malawi, Kenya, Somalia and Uganda.
My research is published in World Politics, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, British Journal of Political Science and World Development and has been funded by the World Bank, USAID, AidData, EGAP, NSF, and others.
I also help coordinate the LSE African Political Economy Group and Seminar Series.