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I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University, and also hold an M.A. in Economics from Yale.  My research interests include 
political economy, international relations, comparative politics, and formal theory.  

My work has been published or is forthcoming in the British Journal of Political Science, International Organization, and The Journal of Politics.  I am currently working on a book project on the political logic of international sovereign debt default, with particular emphasis on the ways that urban-rural conflicts, including sensitive food subsidies, may vary across different regime settings.  I use formal theory, large-n statistical analysis, and close case study reading of several countries to present substantive and robust evidence for my primary hypotheses explaining sovereign default in autocracies and democracies.  My broader research interests exist at the intersection of international and comparative political economy, and include political responses to fiscal crises as well as the effects of economic change on political institutions and redistribution.

For the 2016-2017 academic year, I will be on research leave at Princeton University as a fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance.