I am an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I received my Ph.D. in political science and M.A. in economics from Stanford University.
I study political economy, focusing on institutions and policies that promote investment and mitigate social conflict in developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia, and Latin America. I have consulted on projects for The Asia Foundation, USAID, and The World Bank.
I am a co-founder of the Project on Resources, Development, and Governance (PRDG) and an affiliate of several academic centers, including the California Center for Population Research, Center for Effective Global Action, Luskin Center for Innovation, International Growth Centre, and UCLA’s African Studies Center.