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.
Projects August 2017
Community Policing and Trust in Liberia
Can community policing build confidence in the police and improve community cooperation?
Projects November 2015
Trust and Cooperation in the Fight Against Ebola
How can governments engender compliance during a health crisis when citizens do not trust them?
Projects August 2015
Improving Health Services Through ICT Innovation in Guatemala
Under what conditions do ICT channels for citizen input lead to more government responsiveness and citizen participation among individuals who are relatively marginalized?