Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. Previously, I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Global Development. I hold a Ph.D. in Politics from New York University.
I specialize in comparative politics, political behavior, and political economy of development. I have two main lines of ongoing research. One examines how violent conflict affects behavioral outcomes and the development of institutions. My second line of research is on the political economy of organized crime, with a regional focus on the U.S.-Mexico drug trade. From a methodological perspective, my expertise is in quantitative approaches to causal inference, survey methodology, and field experiments.
My work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, Electoral Studies, and the Journal of the European Economic Association. You can see my Google Scholar citations here.