I am currently a post-doctoral fellow at Lund University (Sweden) working on a joint project entitled "The reform capacity of governments". The main areas of my research are comparative politics and political methodology.
Central to my research is understanding the relationship between political decision making and public finance. In my dissertation, I analyze whether and how the sources of revenues of a state are connected to the behavior of its political actors. In particular, I focused on the relationship between taxation and accountability, with a focus on the effects of natural resources on the quality of institutions and elections as tools of accountability. More recently, I have been interested in the origins of the modern fiscal state and fiscal capacity.
Much of my research is empirical in nature, often trying to leverage cross-national as well as subnational variation, as in some ongoing projects about Brazil and Germany. More generally, I find the political economy of development a fascinating area of research.
How did I get here?
I received my B.A. in Economics and Political Science from New York University (2004, summa cum laude), a Masters in Economics from Stanford University (2012), and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University (2012). After a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Alexander Hamilton Center for Political Economy at New York University (2010-11), I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Lund University (since fall 2012).
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