My research is in applied political economy, with a substantive focus on governance, migration, forced displacement and human trafficking, and conflict processes (mainly) in the context of developing countries. I am the founder and academic director of the Penn Development Research Initiative (PDRI). I am also a member of the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) network, faculty Associate of Princeton’s Empirical Studies of Conflict (ESOC), and faculty affiliate of Stanford’s Immigration Policy Lab (IPL), and Penn’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration (CSERI). At Penn, I also serve on the advisory board of the Center for Social Norms and Behavioral Dynamics (CSNBD), and of The Lauder Institute’s Graduate group. In 2021-2022, I am serving on the National Academy of Sciences’ ad hoc committee on Evidence to Advance Reform in the Global Security and Justice Sectors (project page).
I have designed and carried out field studies in sites across Africa, in collaboration with various international agencies, including the World Bank, the UK Home Office, the US Agency for International Development, and the International Organization for Migration, as well as with African governments and local non-governmental organizations.
My work has appeared in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, and Journal of Politics, among other journals. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University (2011, with distinction) as well as MA in Political Philosophy (2004, Summa cum laude) and LLB in Law (1999, Magna cum laude) both from Tel-Aviv University.
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