I’m a social scientist and writer based in Nairobi. I study and write about social protection and human rights in East Africa. I’m interested in how countries can build more equitable and inclusive social policies.

I’m also passionate about amplifying the voices of researchers from African countries. I’m the co-founder of the Mawazo Institute, a non-profit research institute which helps East African women launch careers as scholars and policy experts. 

I have an interdisciplinary background, including an MA in political science from the University of California, Berkeley; an MA in international relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University; and a BA in geography and French from Dartmouth College. Here’s my CV.

I’m originally from Chicago, which is the land of Native nations including the Ojibwe, Odawa, Potawatomi, Miami, Ho-Chunk, Menominee, Sac, and Fox. My pronouns are she/her.