My research focuses on the politics of international development. I am particularly interested in why some citizens benefit more from foreign aid spending than others; and I have completed several field experiments exploring how politicians, donors and voters make decisions about public spending. In other strands of research, I use geospatial and cross-national data to study the economic effects of transnational crime and the reasons why politicians sometimes choose to use electoral fraud and violence to win elections.
My research is published in British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, 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.