I research and teach African development. My main research interests are in institutions and poverty. In particular, I research property rights to urban land as an intervention into slums and their effects on urban poverty in Sub-Saharan African Cities. I also research housing interventions in the United States, specifically the housing first model as a solution to homelessness. I also research foreign aid targeted at pro-poor sectors , and measurement of institutional capital. With regard to community engagement at DU, I am involved in research on women and people of color in the construction trades. I offer two graduate courses; INTS 4427 - Political Economy of African Sustainable Development, and INTS 4350 - Economic Development. I also offer an undergraduate course INTS 3365 - African Development: Patterns and Issues. I am also proud to be the Faculty Advisor for Students for Africa in the Korbel School.
I am an Assistant Professor of African Studies at University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies. My research interests are in urbanization, property rights to land and housing, foreign aid, institutions and forms of capital as well as innovative interventions for ending housing poverty. At the Korbel School, I teach courses in political economy of sustainable development in Africa, economic development, and an undergraduate course in African development. My research projects are on urban property rights for the poor in slums in Africa and on institutional capital and household wealth among the urban poor. I have previously worked for the United Nations Development Program on an environment project in Zambia and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. I have published a book on globalization and Africa in the Twenty First Century, and several articles on property rights to land and housing in Southern Africa, the impact of housing subsidies in South Africa, and privatization of public rental housing in Zambia. I have also done research and published on social innovation financing pay for performance interventions on homelessness in Massachusetts, and on the ‘Housing First’ model and utilization of emergency public services in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I hold a PhD in Sociology and MPhil in Development Studies from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, and a BA from University of Zambia. In the United States, I was a Fox International Fellow at Yale University and attended summer school on Development and Inequality in the Global South at Brown University. I have also attended summer school at University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Cape Town, 2014
MA, Development Studies, University of Cape Town, 2009
BA, Public Administration and Development Studies, University of Zambia, 2005