I am an Assistant Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, where I am a faculty member of the African Studies Program and the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation (Gui2de). I am also a member of Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) and a non-resident fellow at the Brookings Institution and the Center for Global Development.
I specialize in Comparative Politics, with research interests in institutions and the politics of development, natural resource management, subnational administration and government, education reform, and elections and democratic consolidation. Most of my research focuses on Sub-Saharan Africa.
My first book titled, Legislative Development in Africa: Politics and Postcolonial Legacies (download the introduction here), answers two simple questions: (i) what explains variation in legislative strength under autocracy? and (ii) under what conditions does the transition to democracy result in the strengthening of legislatures?
The book speaks to the wider comparative political economy literature on autocratic institutions and the origins of limited democratic government. The main goal of the book is to trace, through quantitative and qualitative research methods, the autocratic origins of democratic institutions.
In addition to a survey of legislative development in Africa from their founding under colonialism to the present, the book also provides detailed case studies of the Kenyan and Zambian legislatures.
My other major projects are on the politics of education reform in Tanzania and subnational administration and governance in Kenya.
I received my PhD in Political Science from Stanford University (2015) and my BA from Yale University (2009). I am a proud alum of Mang’u High School. Go Wazimba!!!