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I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Singapore Management University. I completed my PhD in Political Science (with a focus on Political Economy) at Duke University. I received a MSc Economics degree from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Pompeu Fabra) and a BS Economics degree from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
My substantive research interest centers on Historical Political Economy, with a particular interest on colonialism and nationalism. Recent research examines how postcolonial leaders shape colonial narratives and how the colonial Catholic church functioned politically as an extension of the colonial state. I also have a regional interest in Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines. My work is published or forthcoming in outlets such as The Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, The Journal of Public Economics, and the Journal of East Asian Studies.
I teach an upper-level undergraduate class on the Political Economy of Development and a required undergraduate class for social science students called Southeast Asia: Past and Present.
I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Lee Kong Chian Fellow at Singapore Management University.
My main research interests are Historical Political Economy, Colonalism, and Nationalism. I have a primary regional interest in Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines.