I am a Ph.D. candidate in political theory in the Department of Government. I am primarily interested in contemporary political theory, and especially in issues that lie at the intersection of politics and economics. My research focuses on democratic theory, international political theory, political economy, political epistemology, innovation, and institutional design. My dissertation explores the role of political competition in contemporary democracies and federations, and puts forward a novel plan for improving how existing institutions harness competition in terms of social welfare and state development. My other research projects include work on the territorial rights of states, the relationship between innovation and non-domination, and the design of regulatory institutions. I hold an A.B. in economics from Princeton University.