About Me

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Cornell University’s Department of Government. My research centers on legal regimes and their role in the international political economy. In particular, I study the mechanisms by which diffusion and legal transplantation occur in different contexts. I emphasize the role of developing countries as sources of legal innovation and promoters of diffusion. One area in which this is particularly pronounced is in oil and gas law. My dissertation explores the case of petroleum regimes, which determine the allocation of ownership and risk between host countries and investors.

Prior to coming to 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 hold 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. I have lived and worked in the United States, Germany, Austria, and Russia. I have been involved in projects in the Middle East, the Former Soviet Union, East Asia, Africa, and Latin America.