LPMI am a PhD candidate in the Development Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

My research interests include gender, empowerment discourse, women’s labor force participation, and international development. My dissertation project is focused on the structures that shape women entrepreneurs’ experiences of empowerment and disempowerment in Ethiopia and Uganda. I am the lead Research Associate for an 18-month longitudinal study of Ethiopian women entrepreneurs for the World Bank.

My graduate experience includes quantitative and qualitative methods training and Luganda language study at an advanced level. I have been awarded Summer and Academic Year FLAS awards as well as a Student Fulbright to Uganda, which is currently in deferment due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Before coming to Madison, I worked in the international development sector, including time at Ashoka, Uganda Crafts, and the Interfaith Youth Core. I earned a Bachelor’s degree with honors from Northwestern University in Social Policy, and a Master’s degree in Gender, Globalization, and Rights from the National University of Ireland, Galway as a George J. Mitchell Scholar.

When my nose isn’t in my laptop, my eyes are in a viewfinder, a set of binoculars, or a cookbook.