I am a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University. My research interests are in international relations and international political economy, with a focus on international institutions, global governance, financial regulation, and quantitative methodology. I graduated from the University of Oxford with a first-class degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) in 2009, winning the Gibbs Prize for best undergraduate thesis in politics. Before coming to Harvard, I worked as an economist at the Bank of England and an editorial writer at the Financial Times. My research has been published in International Organization, Political Analysis, Comparative Political Studies, Regulation & Governance, and the Review of International Political Economy.
My dissertation research explores the sources of variation in the performance of international organizations (IOs), a topic that has received very little attention from political scientists but has become increasingly salient in recent decades with the dramatic expansion in the number, resources, and authority of such institutions. I develop a theoretical framework for explaining differences in the performance of IOs and test it by constructing and analyzing the first quantitative dataset on the topic – based in part on an original survey of IO officials – and by conducting a series of in-depth comparative case studies drawing on extensive interviews and archival research. By identifying the factors influencing IO performance, the dissertation not only enriches our theoretical understanding of issues such as international cooperation, global public goods, and organizational behavior – issues of interest to a wide range of social scientists – but also offers valuable practical lessons for policymakers seeking to enhance the effectiveness of this increasingly influential set of institutions.