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My research covers four broad themes: information technology and politics, fiscal capacity and tax morale, voter responsiveness to shocks, and methodology in the social sciences. 

Most of my work studies Sub-Saharan Africa, and I have conduced in-depth fieldwork in Ghana and Malawi. I also have an interest in British politics.

Information technology and politics

  • The political consequences of Africa's mobile revolution

  • Social media and the quality of elections in low-income democracies

  • Does public broadcasting increase voter turnout? Evidence from the rollout of BBC radio in 1920s England, Electoral Studies 74 (2021)


Fiscal capacity and tax morale

  • Mobile money and the social contract: Experimental evidence from Ghana (with David Doyle)

  • Remittances and corruption perceptions in Africa (with David Doyle)


Voter responsiveness to shocks

  • Partisanship, attribution and approval in a public health shock (with James Maxia), Electoral Studies 84 (2023)

  • Income shocks and support for redistribution (with Jane Green and Tiphaine Le Corre)

  • Altruism increases support for climate mitigation in wealthy countries (with Felix Westeren)

  • Protests, partisanship, and incumbent support: Evidence from Ghana (with David Doyle)


Methodology in the social sciences

  • Using movers to identify close election effects: Evidence from the UK

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