Ben is a Senior Training Manager at J-PAL Global and a Research Affiliate at the MIT GOV/LAB. He is a recent Ph.D. graduate in comparative politics from MIT and his research focuses on the political economy of development in West Africa, with an emphasis on state-building and rule of law. In his dissertation, Ben explores the ways in which political competition affects how citizens perceive and learn about the state, and the extent to which these effects influence voluntary compliance and state-building outcomes. He also conducts research to inform humanitarian response, most recently during the Ebola crisis in Liberia. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the International Growth Centre, and the Folke Bernadotte Academy.
News May 2017
Is Civic Tech Fulfilling its Promise?
Report back from #TICTeC 2017, where GOV/LAB presented on a suite of civic technology research projects in collaboration with the Omidyar Network.
News November 2017
Second Political Behavior of Development Conference at MIT
We convened a second annual PBD conference on what determines citizen expectations of the state, support for justice, electoral and nonelectoral participation, and bureaucratic behavior.