Welcome to my William & Mary webpage! Currently I hold an academic appointment as a Research Assistant Professor and Adjunct Lecturer in the Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations. I also have a professional faculty appointment as a Geospatial Scientist in the AidData research laboratory. Since starting at the College of William & Mary in the summer of 2015, I have focused primarily on developing instructional material, methods and lectures that introduce underclassmen to the spatial data sciences primarily within the context of global human development (see teaching page). I have also made some modest advancements with my research, which also focuses on the spatial data sciences within the context of global human development (see research page).
Prior to these appointments at the College of William & Mary in Virginia, I held research positions at the Center for Development Research in Bonn, the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico, and the Institute for Transportation Planning and Telematics in Berlin. I have also served as a guest lecturer at the Munich Institute of Technology in Bavaria, the University of Legon in Accra, and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi. In 2010, my proposal Developing an Urban Simulation System for a Major West African City was awarded a three year, project fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation as part of their call for research on modeling and simulating complex systems. Also in 2010, I defended my dissertation Powering Accra: Projecting Electricity Demand for Ghana‘s Capital City and was awarded a PhD with honors in Geography from the faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Bonn. During my time at the Center for Development Research, my research was funded through the Ghanaian and West African development project GLOWA as well as its successor WASCAL.
Prior to my doctoral studies in Germany and Ghana, I was awarded a Master of Science degree in City and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree (with outstanding achievement) in Architectural History from the Savannah College of Art and Design. In 2004, I obtained professional certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners.