I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and Faculty Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame. I am the Senior Research Advisor for the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity.

My research interests include African elections, comparative democratization, political Islam in West Africa, Mali, and education and citizenship. My work has appeared in the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Modern African Studies, African Affairs, Comparative Political Studies, Stability, World Development, and Democratization. My first book, Education and Empowered Citizenship in Mali, explores the role of schooling in political participation and knowledge formation. My new book with Nicolas van de Walle, Electoral Politics in Africa Since 1990: Continuity and Change, examines the impact of the increase in multi-party elections in sub Saharan Africa. My research has been financed by the United States Agency for International Development, the National Science Foundation, Catholic Relief Services, and the Spencer Foundation.​

​I received my MA and PhD from Cornell University and my BA in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Before graduate school, I worked for Winrock International on USAID’s Africa Education Initiative Ambassadors Girls Scholarship Program in Central and Southern Africa. I have worked as a consultant for Freedom House, Winrock International, CARE, and the World Bank.