I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. My research focuses on the political economy of development and the comparative politics of democratic and authoritarian regimes, especially the origins and consequences of differences in political elites.

In my dissertation, I investigate how the economic ideology of heads of government affects market intervention and redistribution across democracies and dictatorships, and how political institutions, such as state capacity and the regime type, condition the relationship between ideology and policies. To this end, a team of research assistants and I have assembled a new dataset on the ideology of heads of government and leaders in 182 countries throughout democracy and dictatorship from 1945 to 2017.

In a separate project, I study the causes and effects of coup d'états based on self-collected data on the identity and rank of all coup leaders from 1950 to 2019.

I received a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Political Science and Economics from Heidelberg University, Germany. I was a lecturer of Comparative Politics at Heidelberg University before coming to Chicago.

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