I am an assistant 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 a number of 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 the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Party Politics, and Electoral Studies, among others.
Currently, I am working on papers relating to inequality, efficacy and protest in South Africa and on a larger project investigating the demand side of clientelism in Tunisia and South Africa. Most of my current work involves survey experiments.
See my CV here