Ph.D., Georgia State University, Political Science, 2015
M.A., Georgia State University, Political Science, 2012
B.A., Linfield College , 2008
I am a Zimbabwean born scholar of Political Science. I was born and raised in Zimbabwe. I was educated at Waddilove Mission from primary through high school before emigrating to the United States to begin my college career at Linfield College in Oregon. At Linfield I studied Political Science, Communication and Psychology. I also served as Student Government President from 2007-2008. After college, I worked briefly in Washington DC for Senator Wyden, OR and Oxfam. At Oxfam I worked on food security research. I did my graduate studies at Georgia State University where I worked with Dr. Daniel Young, Carrie Manning, Ryan Carlin and Elisabet Rustrom.
My research interests are very dynamic. At the core of my work is the goal to understand the ways in which countries democratize and factors sustain or threaten democracy. My primary work and book manuscript is on the impact of voter exit (emigration) on the survival of authoritarian regimes. For this work I conducted three hundred immigrant interviews in four countries United States, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe and South Africa. I also study the impact of remittances-the money individuals send to family members in the home country- on political institution. I find that remittances can sustain authoritarian regimes, however, in more progressive systems remittances can lead to sustainable economic and democratic growth.
I am also working on two new projects with Amherst Students. With Wilson Sithole, we are investigating the role of religion in African Politics. With Dario Daddy we are investigating when government's ban the internet.
I teach various classes on Comparative Politics with a focus on African politics.
In the class, I use many teaching techniques aimed at encouraging citizen paticipation and enaggement with global politics. I encourage students to stay up to date on current global events and draw from the news in class discussion. I particularly enjoy working with students in their research and including themin my projects. I strive to teach students the knowledge making process from crafting research questions, data collection and analysis.