I am a post-doctoral fellow at Tulane University's Center for Inter-American Policy & Research (CIPR). I received my Ph.D in political science from Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) in the spring of 2017.


My primary subfield is the political economy of development and Latin American politics. My research extends across several substantive areas, including state building, clientelism, vote-buying and political development. I also have a strong interest in quantitative methods.


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My dissertation argues that sectoral economic conflicts fostered state-building in Latin America. Using fine-grained historical case study comparisons, sectoral outputs from 1900 to the present, panel data and time-series econometric techniques, and a novel earthquake dataset (to measure state capacities), I find that industrial expansion altered the post-colonial political balance, putting heavy pressures for the implementation of tax institutions. In turn, fiscal expansion fostered both political development and economic growth.


Center for Inter-American Policy & Research.
Tulane University.