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I completed my PhD in Political Science at Duke University. I received a MSc Economics degree from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Popmeu Fabra) and a BS Economics degree from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. In January 2021 I will begin as an Assistant Professor of History and Politics at Singapore Management University. 


My research examines the political economy and political institutions of weak states. I have a regional focus on Southeast Asia, specifically the Philippines. In particular, I am interested in how social, economic or civil society groups outside of the state (such as the family, the Church, and agricultural elites) provide governance and state functions when the state is unable to do so, and the implications of such arrangements for political and economic outcomes.

I use a variety of quantitative tools, such as interviews and statistical analyses, and various types of data such as survey data, historical documents, and observational data to answer these questions. 

Besides my research, I am interested in teaching courses on the political economy of development, the politics of Southeast Asia, and quantitative methods.