I am currently an Assistant Professor in the political science department at the University of Pittsburgh but will be an Associate Professor at American University’s School of Public Affairs as of August 2020.
I specialize in comparative politics, the political economy of development, and political behavior. My research focuses on: (i) how taxes, natural resources and aid affect political behavior and development; (ii) the determinants of conflict and post-conflict reintegration; and (iii) the role of cross-cutting social identities in shaping preferences and behavior. I undertake large-scale field research projects that employ experimental and quasi-experimental methods for causal inference and that involve the collection of extensive original survey and behavioral data. My research is based on work in a diverse group of countries, including Indonesia, Colombia, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Lebanon.
I am currently a member of the Evidence in Governance and Politics network (EGAP), on the advisory board of the Project on Resources and Governance (PRG), 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.