I am a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University and earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh in August 2015. My research focuses on the politics of global economics. More specifically, I am interested in understanding the economic and social effects of the cross-border movement of goods, capital, and people; the political coalitions that form over the cross-border movement of goods, capital, and people; the conditions under which states permit or limit the entry or exit of goods, capital, and people; and the efficacy of state policies designed to effect the entry or exit of goods, capital, and people. My current research examines these phenomena through the lens of international migration.
In my dissertation, I examined the ways in which varying bundles of migrant rights affect domestic group preferences over immigration, the effect of these rights on the political coalitions that form over immigration policy, and how these preferences aggregate in various institutional environments. I argued that because rights condition the effect that migrants can have on a receiving society, varying bundles of migrant rights will affect the relative salience of economic and cultural interests as well as the costs and benefits of migration to various domestic groups. Examining the politics of immigration in the United States and across the European Union member states, I found that migrant rights have a significant effect not only on the immigration preferences of political representatives (legislators in the U.S. and political parties across the E.U.), but also on whether political elites are able to successfully change immigration policies.
Prior to my doctoral studies, I obtained a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Modern Languages (French) and a Master of Science in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.