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I am a comparativist scholar interested in African politics. My research focuses on party politics, institutions, governance, and security in sub-Saharan Africa. I have expertise on Burkina Faso and the Sahel region, as well as Uganda.

I am currently a research fellow at the School of Area Studies, History, Politics, and Literature of the University of Portsmouth. Previously, I was an early career fellow in the department of Politics and International Studies of the University of Warwick, where I defended my PhD in June 2020. I also hold a Master of Science in African politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)/University of London, and undergraduate degrees in political science and anglophone studies from the Université Lumière-Lyon 2 in France.

In 2019, I co-authored A Dictionary of African Politics (OUP) with Prof. Nic Cheeseman and Dr Sa’eed Husaini. Several publications stemming from my doctoral and post-doctoral research are currently under review or in preparation.

I regularly work with policymakers and practitioners such as the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) to conduct high-impact research and analysis on elections, mobilisations, and political dynamics in Africa. I have worked with non-governmental organisations on needs assessments, evaluations, and project design. I have teaching and supervision experience at both undergraduate and MA levels, and strive to foster an inclusive, ethical, and community-oriented academia.

My pronouns are she/her. You can hear how my name is pronounced here.