Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. For the 2016-17 academic year, I will serve as the GFC Fellow for the Council on the Future of Energy at the World Economic Forum.
My research interests include comparative political economy, energy politics, and political methodology. I am currently working on a book manuscript investigating the relationship between petroleum and governance as mediated by oil-related institutions.
Some of my other projects examine the impact of oil revenues on parliamentary politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran; oil-to-cash transfers and government responsiveness in Alaska; subnational natural gas revenue distribution in Peru (with Felipe Nunes); creating a new global dataset on the politics and economics of fossil fuel prices (with Michael Ross and Chad Hazlett); how natural resource expropriation hinders labor rights (with Noel Johnston and Nicole Janz); the institutional determinants of corruption (with Miriam Golden); and mapping authoritarian elite dynamics using statistical network analysis (with John Ishiyama).
Prior to coming to Georgetown, I completed my Ph.D. in political science and M.S. in statistics from UCLA. My work has been funded by the UK Department for International Development, the US Department of Education's Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship, Natural Resource Governance Institute, and an Adam Smith Fellowship from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. In addition, my research has been featured by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Thompson Reuters Foundation, The Financial Times, and NPR-Tulsa.