I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Government in the School of Public Affairs at American University. I specialize in comparative politics, the political economy of development, political behavior, and political psychology. My research examines how different sources of revenue (such as taxes, natural resources, and foreign aid) affect political behavior and development. I also study the causes of group-based social divisions and strategies for improving intergroup relations. 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), Lebanon, and the United States.
I am currently a member of the Evidence in Governance and Politics network (EGAP); 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.