I am an assistant professor at the School of Governance and Hochschule für Politik at the Technical University of Munich; and associate professor of political science at Texas A&M University (on leave). In 2015, I graduated with a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I also hold an M.Sc. in economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Barcelona School of Economics.
Across political systems and policy areas, political contests play out in the context of international markets and international institutions. In the past decades, international trade and financial transactions have increased enormously; barriers — through policy and technology — to international transactions have declined; and a growing set of international institutions governs the behavior of firms and governments.
I am primarily interested in understanding the behavior of governments and firms and the role of political institutions in these contexts. My research emphasizes the complexity and fine-grained nature of international economic flows and policies. For example, international trade is shaped by targeted trade policy that affects only a small number of firms directly; firm ownership structures span across countries and across multiple layers; and modern production processes draw on inputs from many other, often individual, firms. Drawing on the politics of trade and finance, my research shows that these aspects have important consequences for our understanding of processes that touch on the core of democratic governance: how political institutions shape the behavior of governments and firms, distributional conflicts over policy choices, and the scope of government control over the economy.
My research falls into several projects. In much of my work, I study the institutional sources of trade politics, primarily from the perspective of a firm-based model in the context of trade agreements. In several papers, I delineate the implications of this framework for our understanding of trade openness, the political and institutional origins of trade policy, and the role of consumers in trade politics.
In other projects, I focus on the role of property rights and contracting institutions in explaining economic ties between firms, through production and ownership networks, and the political consequences; and I focus on global capital cycles, the ownership of government debt, and how governments create demand for their debt on financial markets. Based on my substantive interests, I also address questions in methodology, where I work on statistical models that accommodate attributes of observational data, such as interdependence — for example through economic ties or geographic proximity — between observations.