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 core research agenda highlights the central role of violence and coercion–both directly and indirectly–in shaping the politics of race, class, and gender. What role, if any, does mass warfare have in catalyzing social change? Why do groups engage in violence against each other? How do violent and coercive institutions rise and decline in democracies? I use a combination of historical, administrative data and quasi-experimental techniques to help answer questions like these primarily within the context of the United States. 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.
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.