I am a research fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies in Toulouse. In December 2016, I will be starting as an Assistant Professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.
I study comparative politics and the political economy of advanced capitalist countries drawing heavily from the political behavior literature developed by students of American politics.
My current research stems from a long standing interest in the social and political processes behind the emergence, expansion and transformation of what T.H.Marshall called “social rights.” In my dissertation, I examine changes in mass attitudes toward redistributive social policies in advanced capitalist economies. More specifically, I study the impact of changing individual and contextual economic conditions, policy design and elite-level framing on individual-level support for social policies, income redistribution and government intervention.
My other research interests include the study of American politics in a comparative perspective, with a focus on the political consequences of growing income inequality and the analysis of social policy reform, especially in Continental Europe. In the past, I have also done research in the UK and France on state policy towards Muslim minorities.
Regarding research methodology, I am interested in best practices for the study of causal relationships that play out on the medium to long run. In my work, I rely on observational and experimental data to address the holy grail of social science, namely the relationship between macro phenomena and individual-level behavioral patterns (one famous attempt is Coleman's bathtub graph reproduced here).
Before moving to the US, I did my undergraduate and master's degrees at Sciences-po in Paris where I graduated with an M.A in Political Science (with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies). I spent my third year at the University of Chicago, an experience that introduced me to the world of American academia. Soon enough I was back in the US, this time for a PhD.