I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at State University of New York-Purchase and a research fellow with NYU Law. For the 2018-2019 academic year, I am a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Political Economy at King's College London. 

My research is on political economy and applied public policy. I focus on two main research areas. First, I am investigating the regulatory and public policy environment for technology startups. I am a co-principal investigator in the John Templeton-funded grant on "Startup Innovation: The Role of Regulation in Entrepreneurship."

Second, I am interested in questions of governance, polycentricity, and the role of external influence and aid on institutions. To this end, I have written on policing in the United States, foreign and federal aid, and how colonial institutions altered tribal governance in West African chiefdoms. 

My work has been published in academic outlets such as the Journal of Legal Studies, Public Choice, Journal of International DevelopmentHistory of Political Economy, University of Chicago Legal Forum, Journal of Institutional EconomicsArizona State Law JournalCambridge University Press, among others. 


I also engage in public writing and media activities. I publish opinion editorials with outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, among others. In 2016, I was selected as a Forbes '30 under 30' in Law and Policy.


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