Research agenda

I study the international and domestic politics of statebuilding and state capacity. Three main themes animate my research agenda:

  1. The influence of international actors on statebuilding and political order.
  2. The domestic and historical determinants of state development and state capacity.
  3. Stability and change in the territorial configurations of states.

Within this agenda, I investigate different facets of stateness: political order and the monopoly of authority, state presence, the capacity of state institutions, and control over territory.

View my Google Scholar page here. Please email me for copies of working papers.

Learn more about my work on the state and see a description of projects by research theme:

International influences on political order
Historical state development
The politics of territorial change