About me

I am a graduate student in the Department of Government, where I study comparative politics. My dissertation, Brokers and the Roots of Partisanship, examines how partisanship can arise from effective organizing in the absence of well-defined ideological competition. My regional interests are Southeast Asia and Latin America, with special focus on Indonesia and Brazil. I also have projects on election fraud. 

Jointly with Burhanuddin Muhtadi of UIN Syarif Hidayatullah in Jakarta, I have ongoing projects on the drivers of public opinion in Indonesia, with a new research line covering the partisan politics of Covid-19 response. 

My research has been presented at the Midwest Political Science Association's annual conference, the annual conference of the American Political Science Association, and the Southeast Asia Research Group annual conference. I have given invited talks to the leadership committees of several Indonesian political parties, at Indonesia's Cabinet Secretariat, the US and Australian embassies in Jakarta, UNICEF's Jakarta office, several private companies, Sunway University in Malaysia, the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Jakarta, and Harvard's Ash Center. 

I have consulted on projects for the World Bank, USAID, and a number of private companies. 

My previous work focused on redistributive politics in Brazil. I wrote my undergraduate thesis on the constituency-level voting effects of the Bolsa Familia program. That project included chapters on clientelism and accountability in Brazil's congress, as well as program evaluation. 

I have lived in Brazil, Indonesia, and Mozambique, and my research is informed by my experiences of the challenges involved in studying countries with limited record-keeping, poor infrastructure, and impenetrable bureaucracies.