About me

I am a second-year PhD student in political science at the University of California, San Diego. My research interests lie in political economy of development and historical political economy, particularly in settings that have experienced conflict or extractive institutions. Methodologically, I'm interested in the differences between predictive inference and causal inference.

Before beginning a career in political science, I worked in astrophysics. I hold a MS in physics also from UCSD, where I was a San Diego Fellow and Sloan Minority PhD Scholar. During my first year of graduate school, I worked with George Fuller on theoretical neutrino physics and cosmology. My undergraduate thesis was supervised by Dr. Fuller and Dr. Brad Filipone on resonant production of sterile neutrinos in the early universe.

Prior to my work in theory, I worked on the MINERvA collaboration, working on experimental neutrino physics under the direction of Debbie Harris (FNAL). I've previously been affiliated with EXO, which is an experiment attempting to observe neutrinoless double-beta decay, and SiD, a proposed detector for the International Linear Collider.

I am also a member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) Working Group on Disability and Accessibility, and was the graduate student member of the AAS Site Visit Committee.

Outside of physics and social science, I am a QI elf and one of the writers of @qikipedia. In my copious free time, I also write about pop music at The Singles Jukebox.

For more information about my interests and prior research, see my research page. For replication materials and code, see my Github.