I am a Professor of Politics at New York University with an affiliate appointment at NYU-Abu Dhabi. I’m editor of the interdisciplinary journal, Economics and Politics, and an editorial board member of International Organization, Journal of Politics and International Interactions. Previously I was Director of the Center for International Studies and Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California. I’ve held grants from the National Science Foundation, and the Japan Foundation, among others.
My research interests include the UN Convention Against Torture, the World Trade Organization, political economy of terrorism, bilateral trade and investment treaties. A new and exciting project on Transparency is underway, exploring the measurement, the causes and consequences of information flows on democratic stability and autocratic instability. I am the author, together with James R. Hollyer and James R. Vreeland of the new book Information, Democracy and Autocracy: Economic Transparency and Political (In)Stability, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press.
I have presented my work at conferences and workshops around the world, and offered keynote lectures at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, the Instituto Nacional de Transparencia, Acceso a la Información y Protección de Datos Personales in Mexico City, The Alexander Hamilton Center at NYU, New York, Economic Research South Africa, Soweto and the Political Economy of Reforms Workshop at Mannheim University. My research and commentary has been featured in The Washington Post, The Economist, The Boston Globe, The Atlantic and The Los Angeles Times, among others.
I received a PhD in Economics from Columbia University and BA in Economics from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. I live in New York City with frequent visits to Santa Monica, CA during the winter to warm up.