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. I have a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School, where my dissertation focused on the optimal level of autonomy in the delivery of foreign aid. I am currently in the process of turning my dissertation into a book under contract from Oxford University Press.
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). A proud Detroiter, I hold an Honors BA from the University of Michigan.
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