My current position is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Trinity College Dublin. Curriculum Vitae

My research examines how political and social institutions influence prosperity, public health, and sustainable development. I am particularly interested in how government capacity and social capital help societies mitigate the effects of economic and environmental threats. Much of my work engages with the international and comparative political economy literature. I have written on such topics as foreign aid, health policy, international trade, foreign direct investment, and international migration.

Current projects include text-mining corpora on climate change skepticism, as well as automated text analyses of political extremism in Greece.

My work has appeared in Social Science & Medicine and the Journal of Development Studies. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science (World and Comparative Politics) and a M.A. in International Studies from Claremont Graduate University as well as a B.A. in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles.

Research Interests

  • International Development and Political Economy
  • Environmental Politics
  • Political and Social Institutions
  • Political Behavior

Selected Current Work

"Signals of Doubt: Text-Mining Climate Skepticism" (with Travis Coan) Working Paper

"Identity and Public Support for North American Integration" (with Jennifer Merolla and Caryn Peiffer).. Abstract

"Social Capital, Democracy, and Trade Liberalization" (with Hal Nelson) Abstract


  • Introduction to International Relations
  • Globalization & International Business
  • International Politics
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Political Economy of Development
  • Quantitative Research Methods