dsc_5074_3x4_2Welcome. I am Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at the Department of Politics and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

My research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics, and I specialize in the study of statebuilding and state capacity. Much of my work examines how international actors disrupt political order and weaken the state in developing countries. I also investigate the domestic and historical origins of state capacity.

My research has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political ScienceJournal of Politics, International OrganizationWorld Development, and Governance. My work has received the American Political Science Association‘s 2016 Helen Dwight Reid (now Merze Tate) award and Perry World House‘s Emerging Scholar Global Policy Prize. My book, which explores how foreign subversion undermines state authority and promotes ungoverned space in developing countries, will be available in April 2020 from Cornell University Press.

I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University and my B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.  Prior to joining the faculty at Princeton, I was a pre-doctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.