I’m a PhD candidate in Political Science at Yale University with a focus on political economy and formal theory. I study how informal social factors, such as trust and norms, augment the stability and efficacy of political institutions. Moreover, I hold a special interest in the impact of political leadership on institutional change. My research leverages the tools of game theory and then tests emerging theories by employing causal inference statistical methods, particularly experiments.
My research agenda can be further split into two strands. First, I build upon state capacity research to investigate the factors that affect the efficacy of public sector institutions. Second, I examine conditions that impact the stability and cohesion 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.