I am a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute. I completed my PhD in Political Science at Yale University in 2022 where I focused on political economy and formal theory. My research is animated by an interest in how informal forces, such as social norms, shape behavior that augments the efficacy and stability of political institutions. Most often, I leverage the tools of game theory and then test emerging theories by employing rigorous causal inference methods, particularly experiments.
My research agenda can be further split into two strands. First, I study state capacity and the political economy of bureaucracy, i.e., how well a government’s public sector achieves its policy goals. Second, I examine the cohesion and survival of democratic electoral institutions. Aligning with the tradition of comparative political economy, my research holds implications across American and comparative politics.
I hold a BA from Washington University in St. Louis and an MSc from the London School of Economics, both in political economy. I also hold an MA in Economics and an MPhil in Political Science from Yale University. Outside of academia, I’m an avid rock climber and mountaineer. I’m also quite fond of scones.