Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Merced. I earned my PhD from Harvard University and was a previously a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.
I study comparative politics, with a focus on political economy, development, and economic history. My projects fall into three broad topics: political parties and democratization; state capacity and bureaucracy; and distributive politics. They are linked by a focus on understanding dysfunction and failure within political organizations. Here are links to my book project, papers, classes, and CV.