ABOUT

Berlin, June 2014
I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania in May, 2010. My research has been funded by Rackham Merit Fellowship and National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

I study comparative and international political economy (CPE/IPE) with a particular focus on the political economy of international migration. I am broadly interested in the causes and consequences of international migration and migration policies. Most of my projects seek to discover what international migration can reveal about existing theories of political economy including trade, fiscal and monetary policy as well as the politics of natural resources.

My dissertation examines the policy correlation between trade and immigration openness in wealthy, labor-scarce democracies by illustrating the role of labor-intensive firms in immigration policy making. A central prediction of the argument is that the magnitude of a resource boom changes the preferences of labor-intensive firms over immigration policy and how they respond to trade liberalization. In resource-booming economies, trade liberalization causes firms in the tradable sector to perish or move into the booming non-tradable sector. When firms can adjust output prices according to wage schedules in the non-tradable sector, they no longer lobby for pro-immigration policy. Without such exit options in resource-poor economies, however, firms seek to remain viable by supporting pro-immigration policy under trade liberalization. In the absence of business support for immigration, policymakers respond to anti-immigrant interests by implementing restrictive immigration policy. In terms of openness, trade and immigration policies move in the opposite direction during a resource boom but are positively correlated otherwise.

For contact information, my e-mail is available in my CV.