My research and teaching in political science span the sub-fields of comparative politics and quantitative methodology. My dissertation research into the causes and consequences of substate nationalism explores how the “imagined communities” of stateless nations mold actual political attitudes and behaviors. In this endeavor, I utilize and refine an array of cutting-edge quantitative tools. I let the questions I ask dictate the methods I use, ultimately incorporating survey experiments, Bayesian scaling techniques, and text analysis techniques.
Alongside my core research on substate nationalism, I have also made use of a natural experiment on partition and collaborated on the development of conjoint survey analysis. My interest in how new methods contribute to pre-existing knowledge also informs a co-authored paper in the Annual Review of Political Science, entitled “State Capacity Redux: Integrating Classical and Experimental Contributions to an Enduring Debate.” This article develops a theoretical framework synthesizing older comparative research and more recent experimental work on the origins of state capacity.
At MIT, I am a graduate research fellow with the Political Methodology Lab. I have experience teaching in MIT’s graduate quantitative methods sequence, serving as a teaching assistant, leading recitations and helping to develop problem sets for the third part of the sequence, focused on model-based inference. I have also taught general research methods to undergraduates (“Scope and Methods”), where I guided undergraduates through the process of designing their own research projects.
Before coming to MIT, I received an MPhil in Politics from Oxford University and worked in Washington D.C. for the House Committee on Science and Technology. I also hold a B.S. from Yale University, where I double majored in Physics and Political Science.
For more information on me and my research, see the MIT news article “Solidarity and Separatism”.