I am an assistant professor in the  Department of Economics at Clark University.

Previously, I finished my PhD at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University. My dissertation focuses on the effect of the risk of violence on livelihoods during conflicts. 

My current research focuses on two different aspects of micro-conflict: the effect of conflict, particularly insecurity, on economic behavior, and the lasting effects of conflicts on economic development. The first part builds on my dissertation which finds that insecurity accounts for the majority of the costs associated with conflict and is linked with strong responses to livelihoods. Part of this works seeks 
to understand the mechanisms which lead to the widely reported stunting associated with growing up in a conflict afflicted area. Working with the University of Pittsburgh, another part examines the effect of insecurity (as opposed to violence) on political participation.

The second strain is a project being done in collaboration with Cornell and Columbia Universities. The funding for the data collection has been obtained through a National Science Foundation grant which I authored and which examines the persistent effects of traumatic events on decision making and outcomes in post-conflict regions. This research agenda combines emerging work in economics on the lasting effects of shocks with a mental health literature on war-affected youth, post-traumatic stress disorder and rehabilitation. The data collected under this grant will be used to examine a variety of questions related to exposure to traumatic events and mental health. I am collaborating with several researchers on various aspects of the project. Within Northern Uganda, I am collaborating with KICWA (Kitgum Concerned Women's Association), an NGO that has been working with formerly abducted children and their families since 1998.

My dissertation examined:

(1) provides the first quantitative measures of risk of violence and of its aggregate effect on consumption
(2) uses data from more than 600,000 households to examine how households respond to the risk of violence. The results suggest that much of the costs arise from ex ante re-allocation of livestock and crop portfolios as well from shifts in labor allocation.
(3) uses the first panel data on household perceptions of insecurity to examine its dynamic effects