SdMWelcome. 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.

I study the international and domestic politics of statebuilding and state capacity. Much of my work examines how external actors disrupt political order and shape the development of the state. My research interests also include the historical and domestic origins of state capacity and the politics of territorial change.

My first book, Crippling Leviathan: How Foreign Subversion Weakens the State, is now available from Cornell University Press. My research has also 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.

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. In AY20-21, I will be in residence at the University of Pennsylvania as Perry World House‘s Lightning Scholar.