I'm an Assistant Professor of International Development (IDEV) at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. My research focuses on the relationship between organizational structure, management practice, and performance in developing country governments and organizations that provide foreign aid. My forthcoming book Navigation by Judgment: Why and When Top-Down Control of Foreign Aid Won't Work (Oxford University Press 2018) focuses on the optimal level of autonomy in foreign aid intervention delivery and the role political authorizing environments and measurement regimes play in circumscribing that autonomy. I am currently beginning a new work stream focused on what I call "mission-driven bureaucrats", attempting to better understand how optimal management practice is affected by the motivational mix of bureaucrats.
I've held a variety of positions outside of the academy. I was special assistant, then advisor, to successive Ministers of Finance (Liberia); ran a local nonprofit focused on helping post-conflict youth realize the power of their own ideas to better their lives and communities through agricultural entrepreneurship (East Timor); and have worked for a number of local and international NGOs (e.g. Ashoka in Thailand; Center for Jewish-Arab Economic Development in Israel). I also do some work on aid bargaining and aid coordination in fragile states, most recently in Somalia. A proud Detroiter, I hold a BA from the University of Michigan.
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