I am an Assistant Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Woodrow Wilson School. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT in 2018. My broader research focuses on topics in political economy and comparative politics in advanced democracies. Specifically, I study the interaction of financial markets, social policies, and wealth inequality. I am also interested in comparative political behavior and electoral politics.

In my book manuscript, I explore the political causes and consequences of household debt, showing how the interaction of welfare states and credit regimes shapes patterns of indebtedness across OECD countries. I examine the circumstances under which credit markets replace the role of welfare states to address social risks and promote social mobility as well as the consequences for social solidarity and public opinion. In other ongoing projects, I study the political determinants of credit market expansion, the effects of wealth in general and debt in particular on economic insecurity, and the consequences of rising indebtedness on electoral behavior and political attitudes toward redistribution and the welfare state. The book is based on my dissertation, which has won the 2019 Gabriel A. Almond Award and the Ernst B. Haas dissertation Award from the American Political Science Association.

My work has been supported by the John Fell Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and the Krupp Foundation and the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, among others.


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