I’m a field researcher and technical specialist at the intersection of infectious disease surveillance, contextually-informed technology deployment, and political will. My work centers on program execution in conflict settings, fragile states, and extremely low-resource areas, with a geographic focus on the Sahel and Horn of Africa.
I have recently held long-term field postings in Northeastern Nigeria, where I gathered informant data and conducted risk assessments on disease transmission, food insecurity, and violence in areas rendered inaccessible to humanitarian actors under Boko Haram control; Djibouti, where I managed a satellite lab for Naval Medical Research Unit 3 in support of AFRICOM, focusing on post-exposure serology and antibiotic resistance; and Chad, where I managed national human and animal surveillance data and conducted operational research for the Guinea Worm Eradication Program. Previously, I served with the White House Office of National AIDS Policy on the 2015 Update to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy; more recently, I worked as a field organizer in the 2018 Texas Senate race.
Research & Practice Interests
Practical constraints of, and developing organizational incentives for, accurate disease surveillance in weak health systems and emergency settings.
The role of final-inch access, sample preservation, and laboratory capacity in emerging infectious disease and global biosecurity initiatives.
Predictive epidemiological modeling, inclusive of factors capturing social and political constraints.
The role of international health and development assistance in U.S. strategy; minimization of contradiction and cross-purpose interagency action in 4D national security frameworks; and collaborative guidance of U.S. military assistance in this realm.
Accurate representation of community perspectives and functional gaps in international health programs; development of data management and analysis systems, as well as proxy measures when necessary, to capture these elements and better guide implementing organizations and policymakers.
Obligatory Odds & Ends
I have a M.Sc. in Global Health from Duke University, where I worked closely with Triangle-area communities on intelligence & security studies, and a B.S. in Bioengineering from Rice University, where I fated myself to forever be the first person asked to fix solar panels in the odd corners of the earth. I am experienced in the development and implementation of quantitative and qualitative operational research projects, with a strong preference for mixed-methods analysis and short, functional feedback loops. I'm technically fluent in Stata, R, GIS, and Tableau, professionally fluent in French, can independently manage field health surveys in both Levantine and Chadian Arabic, can get around town in Somali, and can at least get through checkpoints in Hausa. I go weak enough in the knees to crawl away from all this nerd stuff for the U.S. National Park system, convoluted multigenerational novels, and elaborate pastry baking.