I am an Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics in the School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) at the Durham University and the SGIA Exchange Co-ordinator. Before joining the faculty at Durham I was a Lecturer in Public and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs (2013-14) and a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Empirical Studies of Conflict (ESOC) Project at Princeton University (2012-14). I hold a lic. phil. I degree in Political Science from the University of Zurich (2005), a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Rochester (2009), and a  Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Rochester (2013).

I specialise in Comparative Political Economy, with a special interest in relationship between democratic institutions, economic development, and political violence.