I am PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Merced. I study the Political Economy of Development in Democratizing States, with a regional focus on Africa. My research focuses on how political institutions shape distributive politics. I am also interested in how the public interact with political institutions and organizations.
My dissertation focuses on how bureaucratic embeddedness (bureaucrat ties and connections to groups in society) affects distributive politics. I study this in the context of the Nigerian Federal Civil Service, using historical and contemporary data on bureaucrat composition.
Previously, I earned an M.A and a B.A in Economics both from the University of Akron. I am Nigerian, and a proud supporter of the Super Eagles and Falcons!