My current position is Empirical Research Fellow at Harvard Law School where I provide methodological support for faculty research, supervise student research projects, and administer campus-wide evaluation studies. Curriculum Vitae

My research examines how political and social institutions influence prosperity, public health, and sustainable development. I am particularly interested in how government capacity and social capital help societies mitigate the effects of economic and environmental threats. Much of my work engages with the international and comparative political economy literature. I have written on such topics as foreign aid, health policy, international trade, foreign direct investment, and international migration. Extending my research on social institutions, I investigate the political behavior and policy preferences of social groups. Specifically, I employ experimental and survey approaches to study public support for contentious policies that require national sacrifice, such as foreign aid, regional integration, and environmental protection.

My work has appeared in Social Science & Medicine and the Journal of Development Studies. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science (World and Comparative Politics) and a M.A. in International Studies from Claremont Graduate University as well as a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles.

Research Interests

  • Public Health and Environment
  • International Development and Political Economy
  • Political and Social Institutions
  • Political Psychology

Selected Current Work

"Signals of Doubt: Text-Mining Climate Skepticism" (with Travis Coan) Working Paper

"Identity and Public Support for North American Integration" (with Jennifer Merolla and Caryn Peiffer).. Abstract

"Social Capital, Democracy, and Trade Liberalization" (with Hal Nelson) Abstract


  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Globalization & International Business
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Quantitative Research Methods