I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Government at Harvard University and a Stone Ph.D. Scholar in Inequality and Wealth Concentration at the Harvard Kennedy School. My dissertation seeks to understand how political institutions are shaped by and shape intergroup relations with an emphasis on the role of violence and repression throughout American history. Portions of this work are published in the American Journal of Political Science.
My dissertation work fits into a larger research agenda that seeks to understand the role of contentious politics in the trajectory of race, ethnic, and class relations in the United States. 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 show how the American experience may not be so different from that of other nations.
Ph.D. in Government, Ongoing
B.S. in Foreign Service, 2015
My teaching philosophy emphasizes asking big questions and using the best possible tools to answer them. I am especially passionate about teaching students how deep contextual knowledge and rigorous research designs combine to produce advances in knowledge. I am also passionate about using the classroom in ways that promote inclusion and diversity of experience/thought.