Teaching

Working with W&M students, (from left) Emily Mahoney '15, Emily Roberts '15, Michael Hibshman '15, and Tim Wright '15, on phase 1 of the mobile phone RCT. Tim travelled to Dar es Salaam in summer of 2015 to help manage implementation of phase 1.

Working with W&M students, (from left) Emily Mahoney ’15, Emily Roberts ’15, Michael Hibshman ’15, and Tim Wright ’15, on phase 1 of the mobile phone RCT. Tim travelled to Dar es Salaam in summer of 2015 to help manage implementation of phase 1.

At the College of William and Mary, I teach Intro to Comparative Politics (GOVT 203), Politics in Africa (GOVT 337), Politics of Developing Countries (GOVT 312), and Mixed Methods Research for the Study of Conflict and Development (GOVT 391). I also have taught senior seminars on civil war and armed conflict as well as on state-building in Africa.

Will Smith '14 on the beaches of Monrovia with four Liberian research assistants in July 2013 who helped him implement a field experiment to assess the impact of solar lights among fishermen.

Will Smith ’14 on the beaches of Monrovia with four Liberian research assistants in July 2013 who helped him implement a field experiment to assess the impact of solar lights among fishermen.

Outside the National Archives in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo in July 2014 with Nadia Ilunga '15, who provided valuable research assistance to help collect data for my book with Harry Verhoeven on the cause of Africa's Great War.

Outside the National Archives in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo in July 2014 with Nadia Ilunga ’15, who provided valuable research assistance to help collect data for my book with Harry Verhoeven on the cause of Africa’s Great War.

Raychel Schwartz '15 in Tanzania with her research assistant, Yvonne. Raychel helped to manage and implement phase 1 of the mobile phone RCT.

Raychel Schwartz ’15 in Tanzania with her research assistant, Yvonne. Raychel helped to manage and implement phase 1 of the mobile phone RCT.

At the REPOA office in Dar es Salaam in June 2015 with Dr. Flora Myamba (front right), Co-PI on the Mobile Technology and Women's Empowerment project, along with Catie Crowley '17 (front left), Kyler Morris (BYU '15, center), and Matthew Bondy '18 (back right).

At the REPOA office in Dar es Salaam in June 2015 with Dr. Flora Myamba (front right), Co-PI on the Mobile Technology and Women’s Empowerment project, along with Catie Crowley ’17 (front left), Kyler Morris (BYU ’15, center), and Matthew Bondy ’18 (back right).

Beyond the classroom, I serve as an honors thesis adviser for students interested in research on Africa and/or conflict, state-building or development. Previous honors’ students include: Isabel DoCampo ’15, “A Rival to the West? Comparing the Effects of Chinese and World Bank Aid on Health Outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa”; Will Smith ’14, “The Impact of Solar Lights on the Individual Welfare and Fishing Productivity of Liberian Fishermen” (Co-Winner of the 2014 W. Warner Moss Award for best thesis in government).

Students also play an integral role in my own research projects, working as collaborators and research assistants at W&M and in various African countries. See photos below of some of the students I have worked with.

Finally, I am the Director of the Center for African Development at W&M, which, in addition to employing rigorous scientific analysis and field-based research to meaningfully advance key academic and policy debates on Africa, aims to provide students with greater opportunities to discuss, debate, and analyze contemporary development issues in the region.