Conflict, Climate Change, and Childhood Malnutrition

As part of a team of scientists working on a DFID and Action Against Hunger project, I am working on modeling childhood malnutrition in the context of armed conflict and climate change. I am leading the design and execution of a subnational analysis, which combines geocoded data on violence and satellite imagery of climate conditions with machine learning algorithms to predict malnutrition within African countries.

Data Visualization

In addition to my work on the political economy of development, I also design visualizations that communicate patterns in complicated data to the public. At this link, you’ll find a few of my recent contributions, inlcuding an article on the makeup of the new US Congress featured in USA Today.

IDP Camps, Land, and Vote Buying

I use a randomized response experiment to show that returned IDPs in Northern Uganda are often targeted with vote buying.

The Demand for Aid

I develop a conjoint equilibrium model for understanding citizen demand for aid in Africa, providing a frameworking for unifying experimental estimates of citizen preferences for aid projects with political incentives from the perspective of governing elites.


As a teaching assistant:

  • Politics of the Developing World
    • Lectures given on Conflict and Development and The State and Development
  • Religion, Beliefs, and World Affiars
  • International Negotiations

As a workshop instructor:

  • Causal Inference using Conjoint Analysis
  • Introduction to Spatial Data and GIS
  • Document Processing with LaTeX and knitr