I am interested in global health, and my research focuses on global efforts to promote vaccination. I combine a focus on developments at the local and global levels. On the local level, I am researching the role international actors play in promoting the development of health services in the developing world, with a particular focus on their role in sub-Saharan Africa. My current work explores the development of immunization services in Cameroon and Malawi.
On the global level, my research focuses on the development of the idea of health as a human rights and its implications for global immunization efforts. In addition to tracing how this idea has developed over time, I examine how changing ideas about global responsibility for assuring access to immunization have affected the availability of funding for such efforts. In addition, I am researching the WHO's changing role in global immunization efforts. I examine their influence on global health policy and how that has changed with the rise of new global alliances and partnerships.
Another interest is mixed methods research. My current works combines quantitative methods with comparative/historical methods, using nested case analysis. I am particularly interested in how different methods can complement each other, leading to insights or findings that wouldn't be possible using a single method.
I received my BA degree in sociology and anthropology from Middlebury College. I completed my MA and PhD work in sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving my PhD in 2013.