Bio

I am currently a PhD Candidate in Political Science at Duke University, with a primary focus in Political Economy and a secondary focus in Methodology. I study political and economic geography; preferences for public goods and redistribution; ethnic politics; and the politics of international trade.

My research activities are focused along two distinct but related lines. The first line is concerned with the relationship between ascriptive identities and preferences over public goods, and how this relationship is mediated by varying levels of state capacity. The second line explores how local communities, social networks, and residential proximity can structure economic and political activity. I use diverse research methods, including geospatial analysis, survey experiments, quasi-experiments, network analysis, and formal theory. My work conceptualizes cities as sites where ascriptive identities can be contested, negotiated, and reformulated.

I received an MA (degree waived) in Political Science from Duke University in 2015; an MA in Economics from Duke in 2013; and an MSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 2010. I worked as an engineer from 2010-’12.