My research is in applied political economy, with substantive focus on the intersection of technology and governance, migration, displacement and human trafficking and conflict processes in the context of developing countries. I am the founder and academic director of Penn’s 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), Penn’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity, Race, and Immigration (CSERI) and Penn’s Identity & Conflict (PIC) Lab. In 2021-2022, I will be 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 Department for International Development, the US Agency for International Development, Department of State 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 PhD 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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