Greetings! I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Purdue University. My research focuses on human decision-making and behavior in the context of sustainable development. Broadly speaking, I am interested in questions of participation, collective action, empowerment and public goods provision, particularly with respect to natural resource dilemmas in developing countries. I advocate a multi-method approach to research that blends rigorous experimental and quantitative analysis with the richness of qualitative data.
Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado, Boulder in the Institute of Behavioral Science. I received my PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University, where I was a fellow in the Sustainability Science Program. I hold a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and I served for two years as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras. My research has involved fieldwork in Latin America, East Africa and Southeast Asia. I am fluent in Spanish and have received advanced training in Portuguese and Swahili.
For more information about my academic background and research experience, please consult my Curriculum Vitae.