I am an Assistant Professor in the political science department at the University of Pittsburgh, specializing in comparative politics and the political economy of development. My research focuses on: (i) the effects of taxes, natural resources, and aid on political behavior and development; (ii) the causes of conflict and post-conflict reintegration; and (iii) how ethnicity and economic class interact in shaping political preferences and behavior. Most of my projects involve the collection of original survey and administrative data and employ experimental or quasi-experimental methods. I have conducted research in Indonesia, Colombia, Lebanon, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
I am currently a member of the Evidence in Governance and Politics network (EGAP), on the steering committee of the Project on Resources, Development, and Governance (PRDG), a co-convener of the Northeast Workshop in Empirical Political Science, and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development. I received my Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University.