Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. My research interests include comparative political economy, energy and environmental politics, and political methodology. I am currently working on a book manuscript which shows how dictators maintain their grip on power by seizing control of oil, metals, and minerals production.
Some of my other projects examine oil-to-cash transfers and government responsiveness in Alaska; mapping elite dynamics using statistical network analysis (with John Ishiyama); the impact of oil revenues on parliamentary politics in Iran; 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); and the institutional determinants of corruption (with Miriam Golden).
Prior to coming to UCSB, I was an assistant professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. 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, Yahoo Finance/AFP, ars Technica, The Washington Post, The Thompson Reuters Foundation, The Financial Times, and NPR-Tulsa.
I currently serve as a non-resident fellow at the Initiative for Sustainable Energy at Johns Hopkins SAIS and at the Payne Institute at the Colorado School of Mines. For the 2016-18 academic years, I served as the GFC Fellow for the Council on the Future of Energy at the World Economic Forum.