I am a PhD candidate at the University of Toronto, in the Department of Political Science. I am a direct entry student, having previously completed my B.A. in Economics and Political Science at the University of British Columbia. I will be starting as an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Northern Illinois University in January 2021. My research interests are focussed on social policy, inequality and the ethics of field research.
My dissertation, The State at the Margins: State Social Assistance and Citizenship in Rural Kenya and Tanzania, explores the regional uptake of cash transfers in East Africa and how state social assistance impacts citizens’ perceptions and practices of citizenship and state legitimacy. I work under the supervision of Joseph Wong, Courtney Jung and Antoinette Handley.
While conducting research in Tanzania for my PhD, I was a research fellow at the Economic and Social Research Foundation in Dar es Salaam, where I contributed to policy reports and research designs. I was formerly the vice-curator of the Toronto Hub of World Economic Forum’s Global Shaper Community.
Prior to my starting my PhD I worked as a filmmaker and communications intern with the United Nations Development Program in Egypt and Serbia and was the director at the non-profit organisation Conversations for Change, which engaged Canadian youth on issues of social change.