Welcome!

I am a postdoctoral fellow in environmental politics and policy at the Hobby School of Public Affairs and UH Energy at the University of Houston. I previously held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Southern California and New York University.

I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in December 2020. I conduct research and teach primarily in the field of comparative politics, focusing on post-Soviet politics, the political economy of development and natural resource dependence, sources of changes in political institutions and regimes, and research methods.

My book project, which is based on my dissertation, develops a theory about when and how a decline in natural resource revenue (negative revenue shock) incentivizes political elites to support private business activities and investment and reverse the ‘resource curse.’ Please read more about it here.