I am an Assistant Professor at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. I received a PhD in Government and Social Policy from Harvard University in November 2014. Some of my work appeared or is forthcoming in The Journal of Politics and the American Political Science Review.
I study comparative politics and the political economy of advanced capitalist countries. My research seeks to further our understanding of democratic politics' effect on mitigating or enhancing market-driven economic inequality. More specifically, I focus on the demand-side of redistributive politics in post-industrial democracies, examining the dynamics of popular attitudes towards redistributive social policies at a time of rising inequality, high fiscal stress and high levels of immigration.
I am currently turning my dissertation, which received the 2016 Mancur Olson Best Dissertation Award, into a book manuscript entitled Asking for More: Support for Redistribution in the Age of Inequality. Asking for More proposes a new account of social policy preferences that explains why, in countries where inequality has increased the most, such as Great Britain and the United States, voters are not asking for more income redistribution. In the book, I document the limits of workhorse economic models that focus on material self-interest. I develop an alternative framework which advances the study of mass redistributive preferences in two ways. First, I incorporate moral reasoning into the dominant material self-interest tradition. Second, I highlight the key role of political elite's competitive struggle for power. The main insight, succinctly put, is that the public's response to inequality cannot be understood independently of changes in the supply side of politics: within the boundaries set by moral reasoning, what political elites have to say about inequality and redistribution matters as much as one's personal experience with material hardship and inequality.
Building on the theory developed in Asking for More, I also examine the relationship between immigration, the welfare state and the rise of populism. A study on this topic, co-authored with Jeremy Ferwerda from Dartmouth University, was the winner of the 2017 Best Paper Award for the APSA Migration and Citizenship section.
In my dissertation, I had to grapple with the difficulties of measuring policy preferences. In my most recent project, I am testing a new survey tool aimed at jointly measuring what people think on a given issue and how much they care about this issue. This project, joint work with Karine van Der Straeten and Daniel L Chen from the Toulouse School of Economics, is partially funded by the IAST multidisciplinary prize rewarding "scientifically exciting and ambitious endeavors."
Asking for More puts a strong emphasis on moral reasoning and fairness considerations. In a follow-up project, I focus on one important facet of fairness considerations, namely concerns over free riding. To better understand the nature and determinants of such concerns, I use original survey data to examine how they manifest themselves in different institutional realms (i.e. means-tested benefits, taxation, refugee programs and criminal justice).
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.
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.