My research and teaching in political science span the sub-fields of comparative politics and quantitative methodology. My dissertation project, “Substate Nationalism in the Age of the Nation-state,” examines rising substate nationalism in Europe. The implications of surging nationalism at the level of the nation-state, from escalating welfare chauvinism to declining support for supranational entities such as the European Union, have been explored at great length. Far less attention has been paid to the parallel growth on the regional level of substate nationalism. I fill this gap, focusing on the critical cases of Spain and the United Kingdom.
Alongside my core research on substate nationalism, which draws on methods ranging from Bayesian hierarchical modeling to text analysis, 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”.