Broadly, my research straddles the subfields of international and comparative political economy. More specifically, my research interests revolve around questions of how domestic and international institutions shape human and economic outcomes.
The core of my dissertation addresses the misaligned operationalization of development by policymakers and academics. I argue that the focus by both groups on GDP growth has led to human suffering in the form of restrictive austerity measures as well as missed warning signs of imminent economic and humanitarian crises. The centerpiece of this project is generating an index of development that incorporates health, human capital, environmental sustainability, and economic stability. This measure has the potential to shift the paradigm across several disciplines and subfields. The dissertation itself has two empirical projects in addition to the measure, however, I already have a number of projects underway that extend this line of research.
Additionally, while working on my dissertation, I’ve discovered how much fun measurement is, and have been working on several projects addressing human rights measurement, state capacity, and international sensitivity.