I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Government in the Department of Government at Harvard University. During the 2018-2019 academic term, I am also a Fellow in Public Policy and Administration in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
My research is in comparative politics, with a focus on the political economy of regulation, and the political development of the American and European regulatory states.
My dissertation examines how and why the European Commission has come to possess broad discretionary authority and significant policymaking autonomy in the competition field compared to antitrust regulators in the United States, where regulatory authority is more circumscribed. Drawing from archival material, comprehensive enforcement data, and an extensive secondary literature in history, economics, sociology, and law, I use systematic process analysis to demonstrate that the dissimilarity in the design of bureaucratic discretion in the competition policy field is rooted in the distinct political origins of each regulatory regime, and the way in which bureaucratic delegation was shaped by the constitutional organization of power within each political system.
My research or writing has been published in European Union Politics, Public Administration, the Review of European and Russian Affairs, Social Europe and the WZB Mitteilungen. Earlier collaborative work on political negotiations has also been published in a collected volume by the Brookings Institution Press.
In addition to the LSE’s Department of Government, I am currently affiliated with Harvard's Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies and the Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social Policy and the Institute for European Studies at the University of British Columbia. In Europe, I have been a Visiting Research Fellow at the WZB Social Science Center in Berlin, the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies based at Sciences Po in Paris, and the Center for European Policy Studies in Brussels.
Before beginning my doctoral studies, I spent four years working as an advocate for campaign finance reform in the United States, and two years completing a Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, where I focused my studies on European political economy. During this time, I also had the opportunity to complete an internship at the European Parliament. In 2005, I received a bachelor's degree in Public Policy and African and Afro-American Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill.