I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Government at Harvard University and a James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Ph.D. Scholar in Inequality and Wealth Concentration at the Harvard Kennedy School. My dissertation book project Immigrants into Americans: The Political Origins of National Assimmilation, 1880-1930 explores the ways in which European immigrants assimilated into becoming white, Americans in the late 19th and early 20th century. It places particular emphasis on the role of mass warfare in forging immigrants into Americans while also exploring the role of other state policies such as mass schooling and citizenship.
More broadly, my dissertation work fits into a larger research agenda that seeks to understand whether and how violence and coercion–both directly and indirectly–in shape the politics of social identity. To study this, I use novel historical and archival “big” data combined with rigorous attention to causality. By putting American politics in historical perspective, I seek to understand how the American experience may not be so different from that of other nations.
A secondary research agenda of mine seeks to understand the causes and consequences of inequality. I examine a wide array of contexts including collective action, unions, automation, and the welfare state within advanced industrialized countries.
My work is published or forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Peace Research, and the Review of International Organizations. You can find my C.V. here.
My research benefits from generous support from the following organizations:
See below for a list of projects that I am currently working on.
My core research agenda exploring the fundamental role of violence in shaping societies.
The determinants and effects of protests.
The evolution of politics, inequality, and redistribution over the long-run.
Projects that investigate the interplay between coercion and social identity in the U.S. South and elsewhere.
Development and application of statistical methods for social science.
Works from my past life as an IR student.