I am a graduate student in the Department of Government, where I study comparative politics. My regional interests are Southeast Asia and Latin America, with special focus on Indonesia and Brazil. My dissertation probes the role of non-party organizations and localized bargaining in shaping party systems. I also have projects on election fraud, drivers of public opinion, and problems of representation in Indonesia.
My work 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 committee of a major Indonesian political party, at Indonesia's Cabinet Secretariat Ministry, the US and Australian embassies in Jakarta, private companies, Sunway University in Malaysia, and Harvard's Ash Center.
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.