I am an Associate Professor of Political Science at Emory University. I study legitimacy and governance in fragile and emerging states. I use agent based models to study how social organizations (particularly illicit organizations like terrorist and insurgent groups and gangs) organize, as well as when, how and why these organizations provide services. I also use field experiments and conduct impact evaluations to study social organization, cooperation, accountability, fraud, and political mobilization enhances legitimacy (or not) in emerging democracies.
Prior to Emory, I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate on the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project at Princeton University. I received my PhD in Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.