University of Essex, since September 2015
Senior Lecturer, Department of Government
University of Missouri, 2012-2015
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Affiliate Faculty Member, Truman School in Public Affairs
Princeton University, 2011-2012
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance
Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Ph.D., Political Science, 2011
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan USA
M.A., Political Science, May 2002.
University of Munich, Munich, Germany
B.A. equivalent, Political Science, May 2000.
"Foreign Aid, Foreign Policy, and Government Legitimacy: Experimental Evidence from Bangladesh." Journal of Politics. With Minhaj Mahmud and Matthew Winters. Forthcoming.
"INGO Human Rights Shaming and Foreign Aid Delivery." Review of International Organizations 12: 95-120. With Amanda Murdie. 2017.
"Donor Political Economies and the Pursuit of Aid Effectiveness." International Organization 70 (1): 65-102. 2016.
”State or Regime? The Impact of Political Institutions on Human Development." European Journal of Development Research 28(2): 252-269. With Michael Bernhard. 2016.
"Foreign Aid and Government Legitimacy." Journal of Experimental Political Science 2(2): 164-171. With Matthew Winters. 2016.
"Foreign Aid Allocation Tactics and Democratic Change in Africa." Journal of Politics 77 (1) : 216-234. With Joseph Wright. 2015
"Bypass or Engage? Explaining Donor Delivery Tactics in Aid Allocation." International Studies Quarterly 57(4): 698-712. 2013.
"The Politics of Health Aid: Why Corrupt Governments Have Incentives to Implement Aid Effectively." World Development 39(1): 55-63. 2011.
Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters
"Foreign Aid and Democratic Consolidation in Africa." In Nicolas van de Walle and Danielle Resnik, eds. Foreign Aid and Democratic Consolidation in Sub-Saharan Africa. Oxford University Press. 2013. With Joseph Wright.
"Varieties of Donor Governance and the Pursuit of Foreign Aid Effectiveness"
Works in Progess
"Foreign Aid and Judicial Independence." With Joseph Wright and Molly Ariotti.
"Embedded Preferences: Partisan Politics in Foreign Aid Delivery."
"In the Eyes of Donor Publics: Evaluation the Branding of Foreign Assistance." With Susan Hyde and Matthew Winters.
"From Text to Political Positions on Foreign Aid: Analysis of Aid Mentions in Party Manifestos from 1960 to 2012." With Raymond Hicks and Helen Milner.
"Adam Smith, the Limits of Sympathy, and Overseas Development Aid." With Patrick Lown and Hugh Ward.
Fellowships and Awards
2016 Executive Dean Fund and Impact Acceleration Account (GBP 10,000) University of Essex
2014 International Studies Association ($21,000) Venture Research Grant
2014 AidData Research Consortium ($25,000), Research Funding, College of William and Mary
2014 Research Board Grant ($50,000), Field Experiment in Bangladesh, University of Missouri
2014 Research Grant ($5,000), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Missouri
2014 Research Grant ($5,000), Political Science Department, University of Missouri
2014 Summer Research Fellowship ($5,000), Forum on Constitutional Democracy, University of Missouri
2014 International Travel Grant ($1,500), Research Council, University of Missouri
2013 Summer Research Fellowship ($7,000), Research Council, University of Missouri.
2012 Research Grant ($7,500), Research Council, University of Missouri.
2010 Graduate Summer Research Award ($2,500) Penn State, Political Science Department.
2009-10 Predoctoral Fellowship, Quantitative Social Sciences Initiative. Penn State.
2009 Clogg Scholarship Award to attend the 2009 ICPSR Summer Program, University of Michigan.
2009 Outstanding Graduate Student Award, Political Science Department, Penn State
2009 Dissertation Support Award ($3,500) to conduct interviews with U.S, British, and German donor agency representatives, College of Liberal Arts, Penn State
2008 Summer Graduate Research Award ($2,500), Political Science Department, Penn State
2007 Pre-doctoral Research Grant ($2,000) for dissertation field research in Washington, D.C., Political Science Department, Penn State
2004 Manfred-Woerner-Seminar for Young Leaders, The German Marshall Fund, Berlin.
2002-2003 Carlo Schmid Fellowship ($10,000), German Academic Exchange Service, Germany.
2002 Outstanding Graduate Research Award, Political Science Department, Wayne State University.
2001 Graduate Student Symposium on Global Security, Women in International Security, Washington, D.C.
Invited Talks and Workshops
Free University of Berlin, Workshop II on Governance and Legitimacy in Areas of Limited Statehood, April 28-29, 2017 (scheduled)
Stanford University, Department of Political Science, April 21, 2017 (scheduled)
University of California at Davis, Department of Political Science, April 19, 2017 (scheduled)
University of California at Berkely, International Relations Seminar, April 17, 2017 (scheduled)
European University Institute, Experimental Working Group, March 22, 2017 (scheduled)
University of Antwerp, Workshop on Domestic Determinants of Foreign Aid, October 24-25, 2016
University of Mannheim, MZES Speaker Series, October 17, 2016
Department for International Development (DFID), July 22, 2016
UNWider, Seminar Series, Helsinki, July 16, 2016
Free University of Berlin, Workshop I on Governance and Legitimacy in Areas of Limited Statehood, June 10-11, 2016
Barcelona-Gothenburg Workshop on Experimental Political Science, Barcelona, May 4-5, 2016
Hertie School of Governance, Department of Organization, Management, and Leadership, April 14, 2016
Oxford University, Nuffield College, Department of Politics and International Relations, February 2, 2016
London School of Economics, International Relations Department, December 3, 2015
Princeton University, Conference on Political Economy of Goverment Revenue, October 2-3, 2015
German Institute for Development Evaluation, Bonn, June 24, 2015
University of Gothenburg, Quality of Government Institute, Gothenburg, May 29, 2015
Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development, University of Missouri, April 13, 2015
Georgetown University, International Studies Association Workshop, April 11, 2015
University of Essex, Department of Government, October 30, 2014
German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Hamburg, July 15 2014
Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London, June 26, 2014
Princeton University, Conference on Field Experiments in International Relations, May 2-3, 2014
William and Mary University, AidData Research Consortium, January 2014
German Development Institute, Bonn, July 25, 2013
University of Munich, Center for Economic Studies, July 17, 2013
Princeton University, Conference on Foreign Aid, April 26-27, 2013
University of Florida, Political Science Department Speaker Series, March 22, 2013
Brigham Young University, Conference on Field Experiments in International Relations, September 21-22, 2012
Pennsylvania State University, Women in Methodology Conference, May 18-19 2012
Harvard University, Kennedy School, 18th Annual International Development Conference, April 14, 2012
Princeton University, International Relations Colloquium, October 2011
UN-Wider, Workshop on Aid to Africa, Helsinki, August 15, 2011
Juan March Institute, Madrid, January 20, 2011
APSA (2015, 2014, 2013, 2011, 2010), IPES (2014, 2013), PEIO (2014, 2012), Midwest (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), ISA (2016, 2009), EPSA (2014, 2012), IPSA (2016)
Member of CESifo Research Network, University of Munich, since 2014
AidData Research Consortium Member, College of William and Mary, since 2013
Visiting Researcher (summers): University of Gothenburg, Quality of Governance Institute 2015; University of Munich, Ifo Institute/Department of Economics 2013,2014; German Development Institute (DIE) 2009,2013.
As Senior Lecturer @ University of Essex:
Seminar on Domestic Politics and International Relations, GV312 (Undergraduate)
Seminar on Politics of International Devellopment, GV315 (Undergraduate)
As Director of ESSEXLab @ University of Essex:
Designing, Conducting, and Analyzing Social Science Experiments (collaboration w/ Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis)
Introduction to Experiments (collaboration w/ Essex Summer School in Human Rights)
As Assistant Professor @ University of Missouri, Columbia:
Seminar on International Organizations, PS 9490 (Graduate)
Seminar in International Political Economy, PS 9430 (Graduate)
Introduction to International Relations, PS 9400 (Graduate)
Economic Theories of International Relations, PS 4420 (Undergraduate)
Introduction to International Relations, PS (Undergraduate)
Organizer of Conference ``Public Opinion and Foreign Aid," at University of Essex, April 2016.
Organizer of ISA Workshop ``Foreign Aid and Government Legitimacy," hosted by Georgetown University in April 2015. Co-sponsored by Princeton University and AidData.
Organizer of Conference, Research Frontiers in in Foreign Aid, Princeton University, April 2013, with Helen Milner.
Section Chair, Comparative Political Economy, 2013 Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association
Panel Organizer (1) "New Research on Bilateral and Multilateral Aid." APSA Washington D.C. 2014; (2) "New Directions in Foreign Aid Research." APSA, Chicago 2013; (3) "Foreign Aid Allocation and Effectiveness: Examining Causal Mechanisms." APSA 2010
2016 Best Paper Awards Committee Political Science Research Methods
Departmental Service at Missouri: Undergraduate Studies Committee (3x), Graduate Studies Comittee (1x), Awards Committee (1x), Lecture Series Committee (1x)
Reviewer for American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Political Analysis, International Studies Quarterly, World Development, Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Review of International Organizations, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Political Research Quarterly, Journal of Development Studies, Journal of Institutional Economics, International Studies Review, Foreign Policy Analysis, Journal of European Integration, Oxford Development Studies, Governance, Third World Quarterly, Journal of Asian and Africa Studies, Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Routledge Publishing.
Work for IOs and NGOs
OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Hercegovina, Sarajevo
German Foreign Office, Berlin
Election Observation missions
OSCE Mission to Georgia
ODHIR Mission to Bosnia and Hercegovina
Work for Government/Research Institutions
Center for Applied Policy Research, Munich Germany
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