I am an assistant professor at the political science department at the University of Pennsylvania.

My research interests fall under the broad category of political economy of development, with a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and Israel-Palestine. In my work I use a host of causal inference tools as well as text and social network analysis to address substantive questions regarding political behavior, economic development and conflict processes.

Before coming to Penn I was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University and a Research Fellow at the Center for the Study of Development Strategies at Columbia University. In 2015-2016 I am a visiting professor at the Politics department at Princeton University.