Hello! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia, specializing in the comparative politics of the developing world. My work is motivated by questions surrounding national identity, conflict, and development in the context of migration, particularly within the Global South.
My research challenges misperceptions within scholarly and public debates about the effects of displaced populations on host communities. For example, my book project explores how the presence of refugees reshapes the social and political identities and behaviors of nearby citizens. In my work, I take a multi-method approach by combining geo-referenced observational data with a survey experiment, community focus groups, and interviews with government and humanitarian aid officials. This research is supported by the National Science Foundation.
Additionally, I design and experimentally evaluate development interventions in politically challenging contexts, alongside academic and non-governmental organization collaborators. This work includes the first individual-level randomized controlled trial of economic interventions at wartime, conducted in Afghanistan, and a series of experimental studies to understand the link between citizen self-efficacy and public goods participation in rural East Africa. Because my research often requires asking sensitive survey questions, I also develop statistical methods to protect respondent privacy and safety, published in the Journal of the American Statistical Association, with accompanying open source software.
I received my Ph.D. in 2019 in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Prior to Princeton, I worked for the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture as a social work case manager. From 2021 through 2023, I will be a Harvard Academy Scholar.
You can find my Google Scholar profile here.