I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago, a Bradley Fellow at the Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, and a Graduate Affiliate at the Center on Democracy. My research focuses on political economy and comparative political regimes, especially the impact of political leaders on redistributive policies and political institutions.


In my dissertation, I investigate how the economic ideology of governments 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. My research is supported by the the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, the Center for International Social Science Research, and the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University.


To study the effect of government ideology on policies around the globe, 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 2019:

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.