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Associate Professor

Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



My research is at the intersection of development and agriculture. I focus on small farmers in low income countries and on the relationships between agriculture, natural resources, markets, and household outcomes. I have a special interest in household poverty dynamics and food security at multiple spatial scales.
I use household and firm panel data, randomized controlled trials, lab-based measures of soil and fertilizer quality, and experimental methods. Current projects are mostly in East and Southern Africa but I have also worked in Mexico, Nicaragua, and China.

In addition to my position at UIUC, I am an Associate at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago. I am External Faculty at Northwestern University's Institute on Complex Systems (NICO), a J-PAL Affiliate, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

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