research agenda

My research agenda asks the question “how do societal, organizational and individual level factors shape equity performance of public organizations?”. My research explores inequities at individual, organizational and societal levels using survey experiment, quantitative and qualitative methodologies. Sub-sections of my research explore:

  • How societal and organizational processes shape women and minority engagement within public organizations. 

  • How societal and organizational processes shape public service delivery to women and minority groups. 

  • How societal and organizational processes generally shape organizational equity performance. 


Over all, my research aims at examining factors that drive organizational inequity with the goal of improving public organizations’ equity performance. 


I am curious about how to make government effective and equitable. The below summaries represent three of my currently ongoing projects that help answer this quest. 


To Comply or To Dismiss the Governor’s Orders: Gender Leadership Bias, Public Risk Perception and Protective Actions in Times of COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Using natural and randomized experiment data, this project seeks to understand if gender leadership bias shapes the public’s risk perception and compliance with protective measures during Covid-19 pandemic and how the possible effects of such bias could be mitigated.


Representative Bureaucracy and Family Planning Service Delivery in Tanzania

  • Using administrative data, this project seeks to understand if the presence of gender representation ignites positive engagement that help address social barriers to family planning service use in Tanzania and motivate an interaction that could result in productive behaviors. 


Women and Men Municipal Managers Doing and Undoing Gender 

  • Using qualitative data, this research draws on the literature from critical gender studies and feminist critiques of bureaucracy to explore the demands for gender work created when women occupy masculine roles in municipal government management.