I’m a political scientist completing my PhD in the Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources at Stanford University. I specialize in environmental governance, public administration, and policy science.
Using both quantitative and qualitative methods, I study policy implementation and institutional change in the context of environmental/climate policy and international development. My work on policy implementation examines how organizational structure and management practice affect the outputs and performance of public agencies, and in turn, what shapes agency structure and management practice. My work on institutional change explores the drivers of environmental policy change in national/subnational governments and international development organizations.
My completed and active projects address these themes in the context of deforestation control in Brazil, forest regulations (in global comparative perspective), the social-environmental safeguards of the World Bank, the allocation of climate finance in the World Bank, and the allocation of development finance in USAID.
I’m affiliated with the Initiative on Environment and Sustainability (IES) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (National University of Singapore), where I lead the Forest Policy and Governance research stream. I am a former Research Fellow at the School for Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.
Outside of academia, I’ve worked as a consultant/research analyst for the World Bank Environment Practice, World Bank Independent Evaluation Group, The Brattle Group (an energy economics consulting firm), International Rivers, and Conservation Strategy Fund. As a Thomas Watson Fellow, I spent a year documenting the social-environmental impacts of large hydropower projects across South/Southeast Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.
I hold an MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford and a BA in Environmental Studies from Amherst College.