About Me

I am a researcher and professional with over 10 years of experience working with civil society, donor organizations, multilateral institutions, governments and academia. I am currently the Senior Research Advisor at Oxfam America (though all views appearing here are my own).

have extensive experience with research, policy analysis & advice, planning and program design.  My major accomplishments are co-authoring the governance and justice background paper for the Five Year Plan of Bangladesh, developing a strategic plan on justice for BRAC, and completing a study with over 10,000 civil servant survey respondents in Comoros.  My main specializations include labor, governance, justice, citizen participation, public administration, transparency and accountability, with expertise in political economy analysis.

I have advanced skills in qualitative research methods - including semi-structured interviews, focus group discussions, and case studies - and am knowledgeable in quantitative and survey methods as well.  I have extensive experience with managing teams and engaging with government officials at the most senior level.

I have authored or co-authored over a dozen articles, working papers, books and reports.  Research topics include participatory development, civil service reform, decentralization, land grabbing in peri-urban areas, nutrition, the governance of health & education, crime & politics, justice, trade, energy, and civil service reform.  I completed a Ph.D. in Political Science and an M.P.A./I.D. from the Harvard Kennedy School.