Nina is a Research Affiliate at MIT GOV/LAB and a postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Institutions and Political Inequality Unit at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. She received her PhD from the MIT Political Science Department in September 2020. Her research looks at issues of accountability, representation, and state-building, focusing on the relationship between non-state actors and formal state institutions. Her book project examines the implications of recognizing collective self-governance rights for indigenous communities on state consolidation and political participation. Her work with MIT GOV/LAB has involved testing approaches to increasing civic participation and local government responsiveness in the context of a large-scale anti-poverty program in the Philippines. Nina has also conducted field research in South Sudan, South Africa, Guatemala, and the United States. In addition to MIT GOV/LAB, her research has been supported by the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), Making All Voices Count (MAVC) and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Governance Initiative.
Research January 2018
The effect of civic leadership training on citizen engagement and government responsiveness
Making All Voices Count research report on a civic leadership training experiment and political participation in the Philippines.
Projects December 2017
Recognition to Representation: Indigenous Participation in the Philippines
How does the legal recognition of traditional institutions affect governance and the functioning of the state?
Projects March 2017
Better together? Examining the effect of civic education for local officials & citizens in the Philippines
Does providing the poor with new civic skills and opportunities to interact with powerful local officials improve accountability?
Projects November 2015
Representation or Cooptation? Examining the Effects of Community Leadership Training in the Philippines
Does providing the poor with opportunities to learn new civic skills and interact with powerful local officials and politicians improve their ability to hold the government accountable for public service provision?
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?
News January 2018
Cleaning House — Experimental Evidence on Improving Citizen Engagement in the Philippines
High-level findings from our Making All Voices Count research on civic leadership training for the 'poorest of the poor' in the Philippines.