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I'm an Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations (SPIRe) at University College Dublin (UCD).  My research journey takes me into the intriguing realm of international trade and investment, where I utilize game theoretic models alongside empirical analysis. My academic background includes a Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas A&M University and an M.S. in Economics from Purdue University.

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Before joining UCD, I had the privilege of working as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Commerce and Diplomacy (CCD) within UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy (GPS). In my research, I delve into the political economy of international trade and investment, utilizing a blend of game theoretic models and empirical analysis. My work has appeared in the Journal of Politics, the Stata Journal, Electoral Studies, and Business and Politics. 


Over the past two decades, the proliferation of legalized international organizations and the fragmented production methods employed by multinational firms have created varying winners and losers in the context of globalization. Today, more than two-thirds of global trade occurs within global value chains, allowing firms to distribute their production of goods and services worldwide.


My research lies at the intersection of international and comparative political economy, delving into how global economic integration shapes the behavior of states and the strategies of firms. My research encompasses two key areas, both of which examine how these significant changes influence the dynamics of international economic transactions in this new era of globalization.

One aspect of my research delves into the repercussions of institutional design on state behavior. Specifically, I investigate the impact of the legalization of international institutions on power imbalances between affluent and less affluent nations. My dissertation, for instance, explores whether international trade institutions help level the playing field for smaller and weaker states, thus upholding the liberal international trade order.

Another facet of my research centers on understanding the causes and consequences of globalization. In this context, I analyze how the fragmentation of global production affects the strategic behavior of states and firms, drawing on disaggregated trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) data.





  • International Political Economy

  • International Organizations

  • International Trade  

  • Foreign Direct Investment

  • Winners and Losers of Globalization

  • Firms and Global Value Chains 



  • International Relations

  • International Political Economy

  • International Organizations

  • Quantitative Research Methods

  • Game Theory

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