Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 2017-2018, I was a fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at the Princeton University Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. I received my PhD in Government from Harvard University in May 2017.
My research focuses on comparative politics and historical political economy. My book project, Migration, Diversity, and Economic Development, examines the long-run effects of forced migration in the aftermath of World War II in Eastern Europe, synthesizing several decades of micro-level data collected during a year of fieldwork in Poland, funded by the Social Science Research Council and Center for European Studies. The book is based on my PhD dissertation, awarded the 2018 Ernst B. Haas Best Dissertation prize by the APSA European Politics and Society Section as well as the Best Dissertation Prize by the APSA Migration & Citizenship Section.
My other ongoing projects examine the politics of authoritarian regimes, the effects of wartime property transfers, and generational transmission of political attitudes and behavior. My regional focus is on Europe and Eurasia.
My work combines statistical methods, including spatial and content analysis, with extensive field and archival research. It has appeared in American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, European Journal of International Relations. I also contributed articles to Foreign Affairs, Monkey Cage at the Washington Post, National Interest, Transitions Online, Arms Control Today, Belarus Digest, and other media.