The Development Dance: How Donors and Recipients Negotiate The Delivery of Aid2017. Ithaca, NY. Cornell University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

“Rwanda’s post-genocide foreign aid relations: Revisiting notions of exceptionalism,” with Marie-Eve Desrosiers. 2018. African Affairs, OnlineFirst. Available at:

“Inequality and ethnic conflict in sub-Saharan Africa,” with Ludovico Alcorta and Jeroen Smits. 2018. Social Forces, OnlineFirst. Avaliable at:

“Can foreign aid donors credibly threaten to suspend aid? Evidence from a cross-national survey of donor officials” 2017. Review of International Political Economy, Online First, 1–43. Available at:

“Is China eroding the bargaining power of traditional donors in Africa?” 2017. International Affairs. 93(2): Online First. Available at: ***Nominated for Early Career Award (2017), International Affairs & Chatham House***

“From donorship to ownership? budget support and donor influence in Rwanda and Tanzania” 2013. Public Administration and Development. 33 (5): 357-370. Available at:

“The domestication of governance assessments: Evidence from the Rwandan Joint Governance Assessment” 2013. Conflict, Security & Development. 13(4): 449–470. Available at:

“Non-governmental and not-for-profit organizational effectiveness: A modern synthesis” with Jesse Lecy and Hans Peter Schmitz. 2012. Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations. 23(2): 434-457. Available at:
***Winner of the ISTR Award for the best article published in Voluntas (2012)***

Popular Press

“There’s another big reason U.S. foreign aid is important: It helps the U.S. get what it wants” 19 July 2017.Guest post, The Monkey Cage, The Washington Post. Available at:

“Foreign Aid’s Commitment Problem.” The First Tranche, AidData’s Blog. 15 September 2017. Avaliable at:

“Is China displacing traditional aid donors in Africa? The evidence suggests not” 27 February 2017. The Conversation – Africa. Available at:
***Republished on: MSN Money, Quartz-Africa,, The Star (Kenya), China File, Asia Times, The New Age (South Africa)***

“Why donors demand elections after unrest in developing countries.” 11 December 2015. Guest post, The Monkey Cage, The Washington Post. Available at:

Book Chapters

“Fieldwork in ‘Restrictive’ States: Contrasting Methodologies,” with Cyanne Loyle and Alyson Smith (Forthcoming, SAGE Research Methods Cases).

“Assessing the promises of budget support: Case study evidence from Rwanda.” 2014. In Problems, Promises, and Paradoxes of Aid, Cambridge Scholars Press, edited by Muna Ndulo and Nicolas van de Walle. Available at: