I'm a political scientist studying political communication, elections, and ethnic politics in Sub-Saharan Africa. I aim to understand the sources of polarization in plural societies and its consequences, which leads me to a focus on electoral campaigns. I combine extensive fieldwork with statistical methods and survey experiments to study parties' campaign strategies, targeting decisions, and electoral appeals, and the effects these have on citizens' self-identification, trust in government, and support for democracy.
Currently, I'm a Departmental Lecturer in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford, and an associate member of Nuffield College.
From September 2018, I will be an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Politics at the University of Exeter, where I will also join the world-class Centre for Elections, Media, and Participation.
Previously, I was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany, a Fung Global Fellow at the Princeton Institute of International and Regional Studies, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
I also co-edit the interdisciplinary journal New Diversities.