I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining Vanderbilt, I held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Free University of Berlin as well as a Research Fellowship at the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington in 2014.
My research concerns political institutions, representation, and public policy, with a focus on gender and politics and a regional concentration in sub-Saharan Africa. Using a variety of cases and methodological approaches, my current work examines how quotas for women in politics mediate the representative process. This agenda includes measuring the effects of electoral gender quotas across a range of potential outcomes, including public attitudes and behavior towards female representatives, MP plenary behavior, and policy outcomes and legislative priorities.
My work has appeared or is forthcoming in Politics & Gender, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Representation.
In addition, I have acted as a consultant for the World Bank as well as research institutes in the US and Africa. My academic and policy-related research has involved fieldwork in Southern and Eastern Africa, Southeast Asia, Australia and the United States.