I am an educator and researcher focused on the field of international and comparative political economy. Fieldwork for my book project was sited in Russia and Brazil, where I studied how the transnational oil industry influenced reforms at national oil companies — and generated a new financial-rentier bargain in the process. From 2018-2021, I lived in Moscow, Russia as a postdoctoral research fellow at the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at the Higher School of Economics. In Fall 2021, I joined the Politics Department at Oberlin College as a Visiting Assistant Professor.
A native of Massachusetts, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Boston University’s School of Theater, and enjoyed a career as an opera stage manager before starting graduate school. After completing my M.A. in Politics, I worked in the business information industry in Prague, Czech Republic, before returning to New York for Ph.D. coursework. My fieldwork in 2015-17 took me to Moscow, Houston, and Rio de Janeiro. I received my Ph.D. in Politics from The New School for Social Research in 2018.