I am the Walter F. LaFeber Professor of Government and Director of the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell, and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brooking Institution. I study comparative politics and political economy, with a focus on emerging market economies in Southeast Asia. I received my Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in May 2007, and joined the Cornell faculty in 2008.
My research centers around two themes: the relationship between economic interests and political outcomes, and the interaction between domestic politics and the global economy. Most of my work focuses on emerging markets, and I have a special interest in Southeast Asia and the Muslim world. My current work focuses on issues relating to identity, politics, and political economy in comparative and international politics.
Recent selected publications. See my list of published work for more.
2023. “Modeling Spatial Heterogeneity and Historical Persistence: Nazi Concentration Camps and Contemporary Intolerance” (with Sara Wallace Goodman and Conrad Ziller). American Political Science Review.
2022. “Historical Persistence” (with Alexandra Cirone). Annual Review of Political Science 25, 241–259.
2022. “On Whorfian Socioeconomics.” Language.
2021. “The Exclusionary Foundations of Embedded Liberalism” (with Sara Wallace Goodman). International Organization 75, no. 2 (Spring), 411–439.
2021. “Learning from Biased Research Designs” (with Andrew T. Little). Journal of Politics 83, no. 2 (April), 602–616.
2020. “Migrants, Minorities, and Populism in Southeast Asia.” Pacific Affairs 93, no. 3 (September), 593–610.
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