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. I conduct research in political economy and comparative politics, with an emphasis on how the ideology and identity of political leaders affects 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 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. Read more about my dissertation and related research here.


My research uses original data on the ideology of chief executives and the identity of coup leaders around the globe. Find more information about the data here.

I teach courses in political economy, comparative politics, and political methodology. Read more about my teaching 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.