I am a member of the faculty of the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where I teach statistics, econometrics, and the politics of public policymaking for MPP and MPA students. I also serve as the Director of the MPP/MPA programs.
Within the field of comparative politics, my specialization is comparative political economy and political development. More specifically, I study the ways in which, and the channels through which, political institutions affect economic performance and human development outcomes, with a focus on state capacity and regime characteristics. Most of my research is cross-national in nature.
Prior to entering academia, I worked as a legislative assistant in Congress for several years, handling budget and tax issues, trade policy, federal retirement programs, education, and campaign finance reform. I also worked on political campaigns.
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