I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Politics at New York University (beginning September 2019). I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Washington where I focused on comparative politics and political economy. My research sits at the intersection of comparative political economy, political sociology, and economic history. My current research explores the role of state building and elite ideologies 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, subnational state capacity, 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.