Michaela's doctoral research focuses on a comparative study of parliamentary institution building in Uganda and Tanzania. She interrogates what factors both encourage and constrain legislative institutional autonomy vis-a-vis a dominant executive. More specifically, she examines how changes in the party system influence this legislative-executive balance. Additional interests include the political economy of development, which informs her emphasis on parliaments budgetary oversight role.
Michaela holds a BA in politics and MPhil in African Studies from the University of Cambridge. Her previous academic research considered the role of women in the Ugandan Parliament andthe implications of constituency-based representation for legislative autonomy in Uganda. She has worked for the Uganda Womens Parliamentary Association and is a regular contributor on the topic of Anglophone Africa for the Presidential Powers blog. Her commentary has also appeared in Democracy in Africa, Think Africa Press, and New Left Project.