I'm an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. I work primarily on investigating why some regions lag behind in economic development while others thrive, with a particular focus on social and cultural factors. I have worked extensively on Hutu / Tutsi conflict and reconciliation in Burundi and Rwanda, on the importance of relationships in the coffee industry, and on the cultural roots of agricultural technology adoption across Sub-Saharan Africa. Recent work explores the role of economic trade in cultural exchange, while a separate set of ongoing projects demonstrates how quickly corruption spreads throughout organizations in northern Tanzania.
I have accumulated a few teaching leaves that I have taken back-to-back, so I am not teaching again until fall 2022.
Completed projects ordered by most recently published
Culture and Contracts: The Historical Legacy of Forced Labour