Research & Publications

  • DISSERTATION

    • NGO-led Democracy Promotion, Political Violence, and Citizen Behavior in Post-Conflict settings
      How does political violence affect the success of local-level democracy promotion? International donors channel large portions of their democracy-promotion aid through local NGOs in the developing world, and yet little research considers how violence affects the supply of and demand for democracy promotion in post-conflict settings. This project examines how violence shapes where NGOs locate their democracy promotion activities and the strategies they employ to enter conflict-affected communities, while also exploring how citizens constrain or enhance NGO democracy promotion efforts after episodes of violence. To investigate these questions, this project draws on a multi-methods approach leveraging subnational variation in exposure to different types of political violence in Côte d’Ivoire, integrating survey experiments on citizen preferences for democracy promotion; creating and analyzing a dataset of democracy promotion activities in Côte d’Ivoire from 2000-2015; and conducting participant observation of democracy-promotion activities around the 2018 municipal elections.

      Supported by: IIS Simpson Fellowship, Center for African Studies Rocca Fellowship, and UC Berkeley Mentored Fellowship

    WORKING PAPERS

    • Civic Education in Violent Elections: Evidence from Côte d'Ivoire's 2015 Election, with Leonardo Arriola, Aila Matanock, Manuela Travaglianti. Pre-Analysis Plan. Under review, American Political Science Review
      This paper examines whether democracy promotion programs such as civic education can affect citizens' attitudes toward democracy, elections, and even violence in countries where multi-party competition has been associated with violent instability.

    • Democracy-Promotion in Côte d'Ivoire: Citizen Perceptions of Local NGOs
      Do citizens perceive Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) as partisan in polarized contexts? How do citizen perceptions of NGOs affect democratic attitudes and behaviors? This paper presents new evidence on citizen perceptions of NGOs using survey data from Côte d'Ivoire.

    • Constitutional Referenda, Youth and Perceptions on Participatory Democracy: A Case Study of Côte d’Ivoire’s Reform, 2016
      This project examines citizen perceptions of their role in the participatory process of constitutional reform in post-conflict Côte d’Ivoire.

    • Encouraging Attitude Change towards LGBT Communities, Health Outcomes and Political Participation: Experimental Evidence from Côte d’Ivoire, with Matthew Thomann

    • Party Building and Politician Defection in Zambia, with Leonardo Arriola, Danny Choi, Lise Rakner, Ingvild Skage, and Melanie Thompson. Pre-Analysis Plan.
      We examine the party affiliation preferences of parliamentary candidates in Zambia. We find that candidates who are business owners with multiple organizational linkages are not only the most likely to be recruited by parties, but they are also the most likely to defect between parties. Despite such weak partisan attachments, we also find that candidates prefer to join strong national parties with developed organizational structures for leadership selection.

    • Conceptualizing Ivorian Citizenship in the Classroom: Human Rights Education as a Tool for Peace
      How is the concept of citizenship instilled in young students (primary and secondary levels) in post-conflict Côte d’Ivoire? What are the chief obstacles and opportunities in developing civic attitudes and using the curriculum as a reconciliation tool?

    • Presented at the Conference in Citizenship Studies at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, March 2015

    PUBLICATIONS


    CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

    • “Democracy-Promotion in Côte d'Ivoire: Citizen Perceptions of Local NGOs” Africa Colloquium, UC Berkeley, 2017

    • “Civic Education in Violent Elections: Evidence from Côte d’Ivoire’s 2015 Election”, Results Dissemination Workshop, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 2016

    • “Party Building and Politician Defection in Zambia,” African Studies Association, Washington, DC, 2016

    • “Effects of Electoral Observation and Civic Education on Electoral Violence, Turnout, and Voting,” APSA, Philadelphia, PA 2016; MPSA, Chicago, IL, 2016; Electoral Violence Conference, Center on Politics of Development, Berkeley, CA, 2015

    • “Elite Messaging and NGOs: A Case Study of Democracy-Promotion in Côte d’Ivoire,” Midwest Political Science Association, Chicago, IL, 2016

    • “Contested Citizenship and Voting Rights: Findings from the Voter Registration Process in Côte d'Ivoire, 2015,” UC Human Rights Center, 2015

    • “Perceptions of Voter Education Programs before the 2015 Presidential Election, Côte d'Ivoire.” African Studies Association, San Diego, CA, 2015

    • “Conceptualizing Ivorian Citizenship in the Classroom: Human Rights Education as a Tool for Peace.” Conference in Citizenship Studies, Wayne State University, March 2015.

    • “Ideologies of Land and Place: Memories from Zimbabwe’s War of Liberation.” National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR), April 2008.

    • “Ideologies of Land and Place: Memories from Zimbabwe’s War of Liberation.” Student Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) Elon University, April 2008.

    • “Assessing the International Appeal of Women’s Peace Organizations in the Casamance Conflict, Senegal.” State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS), November 2007.

    • “Assessing the International Appeal of Women’s Peace Organizations in the Casamance Conflict, Senegal.” Student Undergraduate Research Forum (SURF) Elon University, April 2008