I’m a PhD candidate at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. I'm affiliated with the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), the Penn Social Norms Group (PennSONG), and the Penn Behavioral Ethics Lab (BeLab).
Before coming to Penn, I received an MPhil from the University of Cambridge in 2014. My scholarly area of interest concerns topics at intersection of philosophy, politics, and economics and the political economy of corruption. My dissertation is focused on the relationship between corruption, democracy, and welfare. For a more specific research statement about my dissertation research, click here.
My academic and professional work aims to improve public policy. To that end, I just completed a report for a joint project with the Chatham House for International Affairs (Africa Programme) and the UK Department for International Development (DfID) in London, UK related to anti-corruption measures and social norms. This project involved co-authoring a confidential report for DfID as well as a public Chatham House report (pictured left). A fancy reader version of the report can be found here, or a traditional .pdf can be found here.
I have presented my work at the US Department of State (in DC), the British High Commission (in Abuja), the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Interior (in Abuja), the Rivers State Government House (in Port Harcourt), the Sokoto State Government House (in Sokoto), the Adamawa State Government House (in Yola), and the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce (in Bogotá). As a member of the PennSONG, I have been involved as a facilitator in workshops for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (in Seattle), UNICEF (in Philadelphia), Chatham House (in Abuja), and Corpovisionarios (in Bogotá).
In the past, I worked at the US Department of Homeland Security and the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Washington, D.C. on issues relating to privacy and security, amongst other things. Some of this work culminated in publications that can be accessed here, here, and here. I also recently worked with the World Bank's Global INsights Initiative (#WB_GINI) on a project identifying, measuring and ultimately changing pernicious sanitation, gender and corruption norms. Finally, I was a visiting student at the Academy of Finland Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki in Finland.
Outside of these academic and professional commitments, I am a Benjamin Franklin Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania (2014 – 2019) and an Institute for Humane Studies Fellow (2018-2019); I served as the Chair of the Research Council of Penn’s Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (2016 – 2017); and I was an Adam Smith Fellow at the Mercatus Center of George Mason University (2016 – 2017).