I am a second-year PhD student in Government (Comparative Politics) at Cornell funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. My research focuses on land politics and the role of local governments in Africa. Primarily, I am interested in the politics of land titling and land-based conflict at the local level, but I have also studied accountability and impeachments, elections, gender representation in local governments and the the politics of identity. Most of this 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.
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. I am also affiliated with the Strathmore Law School in Nairobi for my research.