I grew up in Brighton in southern England, and have since lived in Oxford, London, Washington DC, Boston, and now New York City.
Before starting at Columbia, I received a PhD in Government at Harvard, an MSc in Politics Research (Comparative Politics) at Nuffield College, University of Oxford in 2010, and a BA at St Anne's College, University of Oxford in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in 2008. For a year I worked on the financial crisis as an economic researcher at the House of Commons Library, the British equivalent of the U.S. Congressional Research Service.
In my spare time I play and watch football and try to explore the world a bit. I am still hoping Watford FC will return to (relative) greatness (update: this partially came true after promotion to the Premier League in May 2015, and three subsequent survivals; unfortunately, this also happened...).
I'm married to Rakeen Mabud, who is Director of Research and Strategy at TIME'S UP. You should check out her important work!