Hello, and welcome to my site.
I am an ~unofficial~ and aspiring economist with a B.A. in Economics from Middlebury College. I am looking for economic research assistantships starting in summer 2019 to contribute to meaningful research in economics and advance my academic research capabilities.
I have strong quantitative research skills and experience managing research projects in developing countries. My research interests include development economics, applied microeconomics, and econometrics. I am particularly interested in the intersections of health, poverty, and geography in developing countries in Africa.
I am currently working as an associate at IDinsight in Nairobi, Kenya. IDinsight is a non-profit that partners with other social sector actors to translate evidence into policy decisions.
I fell in love with research while writing my economic thesis on democracy and health in sub-Saharan Africa. My work at IDinsight has sparked further questions I’d like to investigate at a more sophisticated level, with my own research. For example, what healthcare supply chain challenges exist, and what are the most effective solutions in the East African context? What are the preferences of the average international development program beneficiary, and how do they differ from typical assumptions? Why do they differ?
I plan on starting a PhD in economics in 1-2 years to become an ~official~ economist. In the meantime, I am learning a lot from my colleagues at IDinsight and using my Unofficial Economist blog to explore economics, work life, and the experience of living in Nairobi.
My hometown is Carrboro, North Carolina – a little hippy town attached to Chapel Hill. I was born in Toronto, Canada (dual citizen!), went to college in Vermont, studied abroad in Delhi, interned in Rwanda, and have worked in Kenya, Uganda, Johannesburg, and Liberia in the past year.