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, nationalism, 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 the pressures of forced migration can affect national and ethnic identities and citizenship in host countries. This research is funded by the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant. 

I also design and implement randomized control trials (RCTs) in developing country contexts. In collaboration with Twaweza and MIT, we test 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 compare the effects of a vocational skills training program with unconditional cash transfers on support for combatants in Afghanistan. 

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

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

For fall 2017, I am visiting the Immigration Policy Lab at Stanford University.

You can find my Google Scholar profile here.

My friend Lego Grad Student and I fleeing from a giant duck, created for Paluck lab.