JSPS Postdoctoral Fellow
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I study and teach the political economy of political development. I am interested in why representative institutions emerge within authoritarian regimes and how dictators structure their budgets in both contemporary 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 contemporary dictatorships. I am now extending my arguments to political liberalization in historical regimes with archival data on regime finance. I have multiple solo projects on these topics which are at various stages of production or under review at journals. In 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 late modern imperial regimes.
My co-authored projects focus on topics of economic development. Suparna Soni and I have a few projects on gender and development in India including a paper on dowry murders available here at the Journal of International Development. Weiwen Yin and I have written a paper on political exclusion and domain growth in Edo Japan which is currently under review. I also published co-authored papers in International Studies Quarterly and Education Sciences while in graduate school.
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.
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 attended the EITM Summer Institute at the University of Michigan in 2015. I also hold an MPA in International Environmental Policy from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.