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I am currently a Lecturer in Public Policy & Administration at SOAS, University of London.  I received my Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in March 2019. 

My research has been published in the Socio-Economic Review, Regulation & Governance, European Union PoliticsPublic AdministrationRisk & Regulation, and the Review of European and Russian Affairs. Earlier collaborative work on political negotiations was published in a collected volume by the Brookings Institution Press.

I have been a Visiting Research Fellow at the WZB Social Science Center in Berlin, the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies in Paris, the Center for European Policy Studies in Brussels, and the Institute of European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Before beginning my doctoral studies, I worked four years as a political organizer at a small advocacy organization committed to advancing voting rights and campaign finance reform in North Carolina, a state with a long history of disenfranchising African Americans. As part of this work, I contributed to successful legislative campaigns that expanded access to electoral participation and established one of the nation's first campaign public financing programs for elected regulatory offices.

I have also worked as an intern at the European Parliament and served as a short-term election observer in Russia, Belarus, Moldova, and the Republic of Georgia for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. 


Photo Credit: Astrid Duenkelmann, MPIfG


2012 - 2019

PhD in Government.

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Harvard University

2010 - 2012

Master in Public Policy

John F. Kennedy School of Government

Harvard University


BA in Public Policy Analysis & African Studies

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Awards, Scholarships and Grants

  • Anti-Monopoly Fund Research Grant, Hopewell Fund (2021-2023)

  • Class Teacher Award (Highly Commended), London School of Economics (2019).

  • Distinction in Teaching Award, Derek Bok Center, Harvard University (2017).

  • WZB-Harvard Merit Scholarship, WZB Social Science Center (2017).

  • Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy Fellowship, Harvard University (2016).

  • Krupp Foundation Graduate Dissertation Research Fellowship, Center for European Studies (2015).

  • Tobin Center Graduate Fellowship, Program on Democracy & Markets (2014-2015).

  • Finalist for Best PAE Award, Harvard Kennedy School (2012).

  • Citizen Award, Independent Weekly (2009).

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