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) 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 political preferences and behavior. Most of my projects employ methods for causal inference and involve original data collection. 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 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.