About

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 international and comparative political economy (IPE/CPE) 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 explores the conditions under which trade liberalization leads to more liberal or more restrictive immigration policy in advanced democracies. I argue that high-value resource booms and trade liberalization have resulted in increasingly restrictive immigration policy in countries like the U.S., the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Norway and Netherlands by inducing labor-intensive firms to transition into the non-tradable sector. I, however, find that trade liberalization leads to more liberal immigration policy in the absence of resource booms as firms lobby for an alternative form of protection without the opportunities in the non-tradable sector.

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