I am an Assistant Professor in the political science department at the University of Pittsburgh. For the 2016-2017 academic year I will be a visiting fellow at the Niehaus Center at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. I am also a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD) in Washington, D.C.
My research focuses on the political economy of development. My projects examine how different sources of revenue (such as natural resource rents, foreign aid, and taxes) affect political behavior and development. I also study conflict and post-conflict reintegration. My most recent interests center on understanding how cross-cutting economic and identity cleavages affect support for ethnic or sectarian politics. Most of my projects involve the collection of original data and employ experimental or quasi-experimental methods. I have conducted research in Indonesia, Colombia, Lebanon, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.