I study and teach the political economy of political development. I am interested in why representative institutions emerge within authoritarian regimes, in both modern and historical settings. I investigate these research questions by studying regime finance because political economy is fundamental to power relations between rulers and the ruled.
My prior research investigated how regime finance influences the introduction of elections in modern dictatorships. I currently have three solo papers on this topic under review at journals. I am now extending my research questions to political liberalization in historical regimes with archival data on regime finance. I also published co-authored papers in International Studies Quarterly and Education Sciences while in graduate school, and I have another co-authored paper on international development under review.
I am a highly effective teacher because I am committed to my students' learning (just ask my students). I have four years of experience preparing and teaching my own courses. I have prepped and taught courses on Comparative Democracy, Environmental Politics, Introductory Research Methods, American National Government, and State and Local Government.
Beginning in August 2021-2023, I will be a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellow at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan where I will study the development of the Meiji regime in comparison to other modern imperial regimes.
I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University at Qatar for the 2020-2021 academic year. I earned my PhD in Political Science from Texas A&M University in August of 2020. I also hold an MPA in International Environmental Policy from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.