I am an Assistant Professor for Public Policy and Political Economy at the University of Texas at Dallas. I obtained my PhD in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. Prior to my studies at the University of Minnesota I obtained a MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Philosophy & Economics from the University of Bayreuth.

My research interests focus on the political economy of finance. My work analyzes how the distributional consequences of financial flows provide domestic actors the incentive for political action, and how domestic institutions shape this process. With this approach, I explain how governments obtain money, and how they spend it. A second research agenda explains variation in violence among domestic groups. Current projects investigate Chinese loans to African countries, the coevolution of financial and military relationships between states, as well as the effect of bilateral loans on private investment. I use a mixed-methods approach that combines statistics and fieldwork.