My research interests are connected by the threads of political leadership and policy-making and migration. I have written works on coups d'état, state formation, as well as forced and voluntary migration.
My dissertation uses historical political economy theories, and data as fine-grained as the local level, to look at the success of current-day movements for increased autonomy within historically long-established states: the United Kingdom and France.
Historical Political Economy
"States and Markets." With Scott Abramson and Sergio Montero. Working.
Founding Cities, Finding Identity: The Legacy of Migration and Other Protectionist Policies on Nation-State Projects. Book-length dissertation project. Working.
"Elite Capture and State Formation: Regional Economic Disparities in France and the British Isles, 1000-1850." Working.
"Even Generals Need Friends: How Domestic and International Reactions to Coups Influence Regime Survival." With Clayton Thyne, Jonathan Powell, and Sarah Parrott. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2018.
"Constitutional Constraints on Extra-Constitutional Matters: A Structural Model of Coup-Proofing." With Xiaoyan Qiu. Working.
"Draining the Swamp? Partisan Bias in the Prosecution of Former Latin American Leaders." With Gretchen Helmke, YeonKyung Jeong, Ezgi Siir Kibris, Jae Eun Kim, and Adriana Tobar. Working.
Migrants and Refugees
"Shared Territory, regime alignment, and forced migration." With Bethany Lacina and Karen Albert. Working.
"Empty Promises: Text Analysis of National Statements to the UNHCR, 2000-2015." With Anna Oltman. Working.
'"Are American Immigrant Processing Institutions Surviving or Thriving? Large-Scale Immigration as a Shock to Institutional Robustness." Requested book chapter. Final Draft.