I am a DPhil student at the Blavatnik School of Government. I am a Fellow at Harvard (working with Fiery Cushman), a Research Officer at LSE (working with Paul Dolan), and a Research Associate in Economics at the Blavatnik School of Government (working with Paul Collier). I am interested in the social and psychological foundations of human agency. I am affiliated with the Centre for Experimental Social Science at Nuffield and the Centre for the Study of African Economies.
Before starting my DPhil, I was a member of the research team for the World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior. In 2015, I lectured in behavioral approaches to development economics at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. Prior to joining the World Bank, I worked as a research assistant to Robert Putnam, with the Gross National Happiness Commission of the Royal Government of Bhutan, and with Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland. I have a BA in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin and a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
- How narrative frames affect behavior (with Thokozani Chikuni and Sonja Vogt)
- Psychological capabilities: Helping students stay resilient in the face of setbacks (with Thokozani Chikuni, Salman Asim, and Sonja Vogt)
- Self-Integrity, locus of control, and economic performance (with Carolina Meijia-Mantilla)
- How stereotype content affects behavior (with Susan Fiske and Naomi Vaida)
- Getting school financing to work (with Salman Asim)