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 panel data, randomized control 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 ACE, I am an Associate at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago. I am also External Faculty at Northwestern University's Institute on Complex Systems (NICO) and I am a non-resident Fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.