I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University.
My research specializes in comparative and international political economy of development. I study formal and informal institutions and their role in economic exchange, property rights, and democracy in West Africa.
During my dissertation fieldwork in Senegal, I created and operated my own business to test the impact of political connections and formal contracts on private economic exchange. My work uses field experiments, historical data, and original surveys to examine the connection between politics and private-sector growth in developing countries.
My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the initiative for Private Enterprise Development in Low-Income Countries (PEDL), the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), among others. My graduate study was supported by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
Prior to Columbia, I worked for the UN World Food Programme in Senegal, and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and African Studies from Northwestern University.