I am Associate Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) at University College Dublin. I hold a PhD in Social and Political Science from the European University Institute in Florence. Before joining UCD, I worked at the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies in Hamburg, Germany.
I am interested in political behaviour, inequality, accountability, and development. My regional focus is on the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.
I have conducted research projects on Islamist political parties and voting behaviour in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as several projects on accountability, empowerment and redistribution in Sub-Saharan Africa. My work has appeared in Perspectives on Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Party Politics, and Electoral Studies, among others.
Currently, I am working on a project on accountability and clientelism in Tunisia and South Africa. Most of my current work involves survey experiments.