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 an Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Politics at the University of Exeter, associate faculty at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford, and associate fellow at Nuffield College.
Previously, I was a Departmental Lecturer in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School, 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.