I am a PhD student in Government (Comparative Politics). My research focuses on land politics and the role of local governments in Africa. Primarily, I am interested in the politics of land titling, redistribution and land-based conflict at the local level, but I have also studied accountability and impeachments, elections, gender representation in local governments and the politics of identity.
For my dissertation, I will focus on post-Apartheid land redistribution and restitution in South Africa. Much of my past work has been done in Kenya, where I wrote my masters dissertation looking at decentralisation in the context of historical land conflict. I have also studied land redistribution and conflict in Southern Africa and election violence in Liberia.
Before all this: I was born and grew up in Toronto, where I did my BA at the University of Toronto in Peace and Conflict Studies. I then completed an MPhil in Politics (Comparative Government) at University College, Oxford. After, I worked at the British Institute in Eastern Africa (Nairobi) and Generations for Peace (Amman and Skopje) before coming to Cornell. In South Africa, I am affiliated with the University of Cape Town’s Land and Accountability Research Centre. I am also affiliated with the Strathmore Law School in Nairobi for my research. The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada generously supports my research through a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship.