I draw on game-theoretic models, experiments, surveys, and randomized controlled trials to study various aspects of environmental politics, including climate adaptation and resilience, rural electrification, solar geoengineering, and climate equity. Recently, my research has explored how different dimensions of climate equity (historical responsibility, vulnerability, and capacity) affect bargaining during climate negotiations; public opinion toward solar geoengineering, geostrategic responses to counter-geoengineering, and the role of institutions in constraining their possible future deployment; the effects of electrification and lighting on household behavior in rural India; and the effect of supermajority rules on the diversity of stable policies.
With scientists predicting an increase in the frequency, intensity, and severity of weather events, my current research considers how communities adapt and build resilience to climate shocks. Will municipalities cooperate with higher levels of government, and if so, how? To what extent will their decisions reflect private interests or the needs of vulnerable populations? My dissertation project explores these questions in the context of the State of Massachusetts’s Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) grant program, using an original dataset compiled from detailed municipal planning reports.
Previously, I worked at IFF, a Community Development Financial Institution in Chicago; and at PricewaterhouseCoopers' Global Transfer Pricing division in New York. I graduated from Princeton University in 2009 where I concentrated in politics and earned certificates in finance and political economy. For more information, please see my CV.