Research & Publications

  • DISSERTATION

    • NGO-led Democracy Promotion, Political Violence, and Citizen Behavior in Post-Conflict settings
      How does violence shape democracy promotion efforts? Do citizens have preferences and perceptions of local democracy promotion in their communities in the aftermath of conflict? Can these perceptions shape how citizens interact with NGOs conducting democracy promotion?

    RESEARCH PROJECTS

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

    • Contested citizenship and voting rights: findings from the voter registration process in Côte d'Ivoire
      In the run-up to the 2015 Presidential elections, citizens faced numerous obstacles to exercising their right to vote.

        Research for the above projects was funded by a Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the West Africa Research Association and a University of California Human Rights Fellowship.


    • 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 assess institutional and sociological hypotheses concerning the party affiliation preferences of politicians in Zambia. Our results reflect a tension that may help to shed new light on dynamics that impinge on party institutionalization in African countries: we find that politicians prefer strong national parties with developed organizational structures for leadership selection, but they also want parties that offer particularistic benefits that might be at odds with fully institutionalized parties.

    • Effects of Electoral Observation and Civic Education on Electoral Violence, Turnout, and Voting, with Leonardo Arriola, Aila Matanock, Manuela Travaglianti. Pre-Analysis Plan.
      This paper examines whether democracy promotion programs such as civic education can affect citizens’ democratic attitudes and political behaviors in countries where violence is widely anticipated during elections.

    • 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