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I am a postdoctoral researcher at Yale University’s MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies. I do experimental research on the logic of governance under weak institutions. In my dissertation, I examined how social sanctions, peer pressure and reputational mechanisms influence cooperation between citizens, the accountability of local leaders, and the co-production of public goods by citizens and local authorities in 48 villages in Tanzania. Currently, I am pursuing research on the behavioral effects of elections, on performance-based voting and other work on the behavioral foundations of democratic governance.
In addition to doing fundamental research, I actively work to translate research into policy innovation. This has led to productive and inspiring collaborations with policy makers. Since 2013, I have been the principal investigator for a program of policy experiments to test novel approaches to municipal government accountability in Burkina Faso. These experiments apply behavioral insights to improve democratic governance and public accountability at the municipal level, in collaboration with the government of Burkina Faso and the World Bank.