photo cred: Sang Zhang

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Politics Department at Princeton University, specializing in comparative politics with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. My research interests include migration and citizenship; public service delivery; and experimental, survey, and GIS methodologies.  

My dissertation develops a theory of nation-building in Africa by examining how weak borders and forced migration change conceptions of national identity and citizenship for local, host populations. This research is funded by the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. 

I am also working on several randomized control trials (RCTs). In collaboration with Twaweza and MIT, we are testing whether a novel, meeting-based intervention called Validated Participation can boost citizen efficacy and empowerment in public education in East Africa. In collaboration with Mercy Corps and Yale, we are comparing the effects of a vocational skills training program with unconditional cash transfers in Afghanistan. 

Additionally, I have developed statistical methods for asking sensitive survey questions. This work is published in the Journal of the American Statistical Association

I am a National Science Foundation (NSF) graduate research fellow, a Charlotte Elizabeth Procter honorific fellow, and a Program for Quantitative and Analytical Political Science (Q-APS) graduate student fellow. I have conducted fieldwork in Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, and Bahrain. Prior to Princeton, I worked for the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture. I received a B.A. in International Relations honors, Anthropology, and African Studies at NYU.

You can find my Google Scholar profile here.