I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science  at the University of Chicago. My research focuses on the political economy of development and the  comparative politics of democratic and authoritarian regimes, especially the origins and consequences of differences in political elites.


In my dissertation, I investigate how the economic ideology of heads of government affects market intervention and redistribution across democracies and dictatorships, and how political institutions, such as state capacity and the regime type, condition the relationship between ideology and policies.


To this end, a team of research assistants and I have assembled a new dataset on the ideology of heads of government and leaders in 182 countries throughout democracy and dictatorship from 1945 to 2017:

Note: figures created with Stata using Daniel Bischof's graphic schemes. I thank Sophia Barkoff, Aaron Casella, Austin Christhilf, Amisha Kapur, Russell Legate-Yang, Julia Lodoen, Lysimachos Mavridis, Mariana Paez, Ivanna Shevel, Alexander Shura, Benjamin Silvian, Wen Li Teng, Sean Uribe, Joshua Zakharov, and Hsin Min Zee for their outstanding research assistance, without which this dataset would not exist.

In a separate project (jointly with Tanja Eschenauer-Engler), I study the causes and effects of coup d'états based on self-collected data on the identity and rank of all coup leaders from 1950 to 2019:


I am currently teaching the online class "Our Political World in Data" at Heidelberg University. Find the syllabus here.

I received a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Political Science and Economics from Heidelberg University, Germany. I was a lecturer of Comparative Politics at Heidelberg University before coming to Chicago.


For more information, see my CV.