I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, where I study comparative politics, political economy, and research methodology. I am especially interested in comparative historical research that sits at the intersection of comparative political institutions and economic history in order to better understand long-term political development. My dissertation explores the role of state building and elite ideology in the development of national education systems. Specifically, I examine the timing and centralization of state institutions governing public education. I test my framework using an original cross-national historical dataset of education laws and institutions in Europe and the Americas from 1800 to 1970 in combination with historical evidence from Argentina and Chile.
I also have active research interests in Latin American and European politics, the political economy of welfare states, economic inequality, and education reform. I have conducted archival and interview-based fieldwork in Argentina, Chile, and Denmark. To date, my research has been supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, the Chester A. Fritz and Boeing International Endowment, the David J. Olson Family Endowment, and the ScanDesign Foundation.
Prior to my time in Seattle, I taught 6th grade social studies and English language arts in Houston, Texas. I also hold a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida.
My non-academic interests include hiking, working my way through the Criterion Collection, and travel photography. Examples of the latter can be found throughout this website.