Welcome. 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, state capacity, and sovereignty. 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 in the Journal of Politics, International Organization, World Development, and Governance. My dissertation received the American Political Science Association’s 2016 Helen Dwight Reid (now Merze Tate) award for the best dissertation in the field of international relations, law, and politics. My book, which explores how foreign subversion undermines state authority and promotes ungoverned space in developing countries, is forthcoming 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. For AY 2018-19, I am on leave as a Visiting Scholar at the Wilf Family Department of Politics at New York University.