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 investigates two broad questions: (1) how do different sources of revenue (such as taxes, natural resource rents, and aid) shape the political and social behavior of citizens; and (2) what are the causes of group-based divisions in society and how can they be mitigated? 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.