I am a post-doctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University.  I received my PhD in Political Science from Stanford University in June 2017.

I research the political economy of development with a focus on historical political development in Western Europe and Latin America. Broadly, I am interested in the consequences of economic and institutional change for the persistence of elites, and the strategies that elites employ to maintain power in the face of otherwise disruptive change. My work examines the effect of the Industrial Revolution on political competition and elite entrenchment in the context of the 18th and 19th British Isles. In my research, I further investigate the consequences of the revolutionary economic and institutional changes of 17th century Britain for the political elite.  In my other projects, I ask about elite persistence and institutional change in the context of Chile, Mexico and the US South.

As a graduate student at Stanford, I was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, an Economic History Association Fellow, and a Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences Fellow.  I was also awarded the 2014 Stanford Centennial Teaching Assistant Award in recognition of my teaching.  I received my MA in Economics at Stanford in 2015.

Before studying at Stanford, I studied Economics, Latin American Studies and Math at New York University, and served as a Research Assistant in both the Economic Studies and Global Economy and Development Departments at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC.