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I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I study accountability and representation in developing democracies, with a focus on the relationship between non-state actors and formal state institutions. My dissertation examines the effects of granting collective self-determination rights to indigenous communities on identity, voting behavior, and state integration in the Philippines. Other research areas and interests include civic education, colonial legacies, and the effects of aid on governance outcomes and conflict processes. In addition to the Philippines, I have conducted field research in South Africa, Guatemala, and South Sudan.

I am currently a Graduate Research Fellow at the MIT Governance Lab. My research has been supported by Making All Voices Count (MAVC), the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), the MIT Center for International Studies, and the MIT Political Methodology Lab.

Before coming to MIT, I worked with Mercy Corps and Internews on democracy and governance programs in South Sudan. I hold a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.

You can find a recent write-up about my research here.