I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh with a courtesy appointment in Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs


My research seeks to understand the antinomies that emerge through economic and political modernization, such as liberalism and nationalism, development and environmentalism, bureaucracy and populism, law and morality, democracy and autocracy. Recognizing that these conceptual dualities are not always mutually exclusive in real life, I explain the foundations and consequences of their fusion and fission.


My regional interests lie in Asia (especially, but not limited to, China) and Europe. 

I received my Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, and my B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, earning a dual degree in Political Science and Russian and Eastern European Studies.  

My articles have recently appeared in World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Democratization. and Studies in Comparative and International DevelopmentMy book The Performative State is forthcoming with Cornell University Press.