About Me

I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University. My research interests include diffusion/legal transplants, foreign direct investment, and energy politics.

My dissertation centered on how different mechanisms of diffusion are strengthened and weakened across different contexts. I explore the differences between North-South and South-South diffusion and how elite preferences can affect the choice among multiple policy options. I focus on the case of oil regimes, examining how an innovation from the developing world has substantially displaced the status quo regime. Beyond its implications for diffusion research, this case is also of interest to scholarship in energy and foreign direct investment, as the regime in question is central to allocating ownership and risk between host countries and investors.

Prior to attending Cornell, I was the Head of Research at Taylor-DeJongh, a boutique project finance advisory firm that specializes in infrastructure and energy investments. I have also held internships or jobs with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Commercial Service. I have lived and worked in the United States, Germany, Austria, and Russia. I have also worked on projects in the Middle East, the Former Soviet Union, East Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from Cornell University’s Department of Government, an M.A. in Political Science from Cornell University, an M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from the University of Chicago.