Welcome! I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

My research lies in the fields of development economics, resource economics, and political economy. I use large administrative datasets and econometric and geospatial tools to study institutions of natural resource governance, industrialization and industrial policies, and the effects of energy trends and transitions on governments, firms, and workers.

I am an affiliate of the Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies Program and the Elections Research Center at UW-Madison. My work has been funded by STEG-CEPR, the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), the Institute for Regional and International Studies, Tinker Nave, and a UW Graduate Fellowship. Prior to my PhD, I was a Fulbright Research Fellow at Unicamp in Brazil. I received a BS in Economics from the University of Minnesota.

Selected Research Topics

The “Presource Curse”: How do local governments react to the announcement of oil discoveries? What happens when expectations of oil riches are disappointed?

Are Workers Cursed by Natural Resources? Using worker-level panel data to measure how exposure to oil boom and bust affect long-term earnings and employment.

Local Politics and Deforestation: Do politicians in the Brazilian Amazon allow more deforestation on properties owned by campaign contributors?