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My research addresses a key question in international relations: how do governments cooperate to alleviate the human suffering produced by emergencies, disasters, and conflicts? My book project focuses specifically on understanding how and why governments facilitate or obstruct humanitarian aid from reaching its intended recipients in emergencies. My broader research agenda evaluates how cooperation between developing countries and the international community can reduce human suffering in fragile and conflict-affected states, including inducing compliance in public health crises, preventing violent extremism, and encouraging accurate reporting of electoral violence.
For the 2020-2021 academic year I will be an IGCC Dissertation Fellow. My research has also been supported by the West Africa Research Association and Innovations for Poverty Action. At Berkeley, I have received support from the Center for African Studies, Institute for International Studies, and Organizing to Advance Solutions in the Sahel.
Before beginning the PhD, I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea, and I worked for the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC. I graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Political Science and Human Rights Studies.
For more information, please visit my website.
Dissertation Committee Chair:
Leonardo Arriola (co-chair), Susan Hyde (co-chair)
Methodology & Formal Theory