I am a professor at the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa, where I am also affiliated with the School of International Development and Global Studies. My research focuses mainly on the intersection of the policies and practices of Northern countries and other international actors with politics in Southern countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. I have published on democratization, political violence, peacebuilding and transitional justice/rule of law in Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique and Rwanda. Most of my recent work is on foreign aid, especially Canada’s, for which I have conducted fieldwork in Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali and Peru. I am the editor of Struggling for Effectiveness: CIDA and Canadian Foreign Aid (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012) and co-editor of Rethinking Canadian Aid (with Molly den Heyer and David Black, University of Ottawa Press, 1st ed. 2014, 2nd ed. 2016) and The Securitization of Foreign Aid (with Jörn Grävingholt, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). I have held visiting researcher positions at the German Development Institute, the Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour (France), the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany), the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER, Finland) and the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (South Africa). From January to July 2018, I will be a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, University of Birmingham (United Kingdom) and a Visiting Professor at the Institut d’étude du développement économique et social, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (France). I hold a SSHRC Insight Grant (2013-19) for my research on foreign aid and policy coherence for development.