I am a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 and was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University from September 2015 to September 2017. I am a political economist whose research agenda lies at the nexus of international relations and comparative politics with geographical expertise in Europe. My current research examines the political economy of immigration.
In recent years there has been an increase in anti-immigration rhetoric across the advanced industrial democracies. But what does it mean to be anti-immigration? Is all immigration opposition alike, or is such opposition heterogeneous and driven by various different interests? These questions are central to my research, which examines elite and public immigration policy preferences and how these preferences shape immigration policy outcomes. In examining these phenomena, my work not only contributes to the scholarly literatures on political economy and international migration, but also provides important insights into ongoing public debates across the advanced industrial democracies.
Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, I spent my childhood outside of London, England, my adolescence in the metro Atlanta area, and am currently based in San Francisco. Prior to my doctoral studies, I earned a Master of Science in International Affairs and a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Modern Languages (French) from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA.