About Me 

I grew up in North Texas, in a small town just south of the Red River. Since my family is Canadian, I managed to spend 20 plus years living in Texas without a hint of a proper Texas drawl. I am a TAMS alumni, and completed my B.S. at Texas A&M University. Currently, I am in my sixth year in the Ph.D. program in Political Science at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities working with John Freeman. 

 

I am interested in how governments influence the way that money moves about the world. I have a background in economics, primarily macroeconomic growth models, trade, and environmental economics, but have always been unsettled by the oft made assumption in orthodox economic theory that governments reflect the preferences of populace. Through my work in political economy, I instead understand the national economic policies governments employ through the competing preferences within the governments themselves.

My dissertation investigates the way that political decisions determine the movement of money around the globe. I focus on capital controls, or policies used by governments to control money entering or exiting their markets, and how governments decide whose capital gets to go where. While the debate over the effectiveness of capital controls is well-studied, most scholars treat capital controls as a single type of policy. However, each type of control impacts a distinct set of investors. By looking at the type of control, instead of the overall levels of controls, we can better understand patterns of investment and subsequent development, as well as broader economic relationships between states and with private actors. 

Research Interests

States Managing Globalization

How can states use their regulatory sovereignty to resist globalizing pressures? Are states the agents of globalization or the passengers? What determines the ability of states to successfully manage the global market?

Illlicit Financial Flows

How are they defined? The political nature of defining money laundering, tax evasion versus avoidance. What type of regulatory environment attracts it?

National Market Consequences of International Regulation Adoption

How are countries impacted through the adoption of externally decided 'best practices'? How can countries leverage their adoption or non-adoption to benefit their domestic market?

Questions of Measurement 

What information is relayed and what is lost when quantifying qualitative information? What is the relationship between our data and 'ground truth'? 

Substantive Focus 
Methodological Interests

Structured Models within a Bayesian Framework

Leveraging Bayesian statistics to account for structured relationships derived from formal theoretical models. 

Macroeconomic Modeling

Using macroeconomic models to simulate policy reactions to conditions of financial crisis. 

Education

2011-2014

Texas A&M University 

Economics and Political Science, B.S.

2014-Present

University of Minnesota

Political Science, Ph.D. Candidate

University of Minnesota

https://cla.umn.edu/polisci

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