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. 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 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.”
I am currently turning my dissertation, which received the 2016 Mancur Olson Prize Best Dissertation award, into a book manuscript entitled Asking for More: Support for Redistribution in the Age of Inequality. Asking for More examines 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.
Building on the theories developed in Asking for More, I have more recently shifted my focus to the study of 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."
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.