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I am a post-doctoral research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, at the Toulouse School of Economics and Toulouse 1 University Capitole. Substantively, my research interests lie at the intersection of comparative politics, political economy, and political psychology. I employ quantitative methods, with a particular emphasis on experiments and causal inference.

Broadly speaking, I seek to understand how economic factors shape underlying psychological mechanisms in order to relax prevalent assumptions in models of comparative political economy and political behavior. More specifically, much of my research agenda coalesces around the political consequences of high and increasing economic inequality among democracies both in the advanced, industrial world, and developing economies. I place particular emphasis on the mechanisms by which the structure of inequality shapes psychological needs, expectations, perceptions and beliefs, and the subsequent impact on political behavior and public opinion.

My dissertation is a collection of papers addressing three separate puzzles in comparative political economy: 1) Why is there a positive association between economic inequality and beliefs in economic fairness? 2) Are economic views generally based on objective conditions, or on political ideology and group identity? and 3) Are anti-immigration attitudes strongly shaped by economic factors? In each case I provide a general theoretical framework based on a dual-motives assumption whereby actors are posited to desire both material resources and positive self-evaluations (i.e. to feel good about themselves). This framework, and the specific papers' findings, offer insights into the broader questions of why growing inequality in recent decades has not produced greater demand for redistribution among advanced, industrial democracies, and why the introduction of democracy among highly unequal developing economies has not lowered inequality through greater redistribution.

Before coming to Toulouse, I received my Ph.D. in Political Science, as well as an MA in Economics, at the Ohio State University, after previously studying at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Texas at Austin.

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