I am a PhD candidate studying International Relations in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My dissertation project studies how heuristics in group decision-making affect foreign policy. I also specialize in policy evaluation using randomized controlled trials, causal inference, and quantitative methods. I am currently a Co-PI on a taxation and public service delivery project in Malawi, which is part of EGAP Metaketa II: Taxation. From 2016-2019, I was a Methods Specialist with the Office of Evaluation Sciences at the U.S. General Services Administration. My other research interests include conflict, development, computational modeling, and experimental methods.
Prior to starting my PhD, I was a program manager for the Sino-African Initiative at Sister Cities International, where I worked on U.S.-Chinese-African trilateral municipal cooperation projects.
I hold an MA in Security Studies and a BSFS in Comparative Studies from Georgetown University.