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I am an Assistant Professor of History and Politics of Southeast Asia 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 (Popmeu Fabra) and a BS Economics degree from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
My substantive research interest centers on the Political Economy of Development. Examples of my research include the impacts of political dynasties on economic policy, the long-run effects of missionary state-building, and how facilitation workshops improve local bureaucratic performance with respect to businesses. I also have a regional interest in Southeast Asia, especially the Philippines. All of my work engages either or both of these interests. My work is published or forthcoming at Comparative Political Studies, The Journal of Public Economics, and Asian Security.
I teach an upper-level undergraduate class on the Political Economy of Development and a compulsory class for social science students called Southeast Asia: Past and Present.