I am a Research Scholar at Harvard University's Center for European Studies. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. Prior to my doctoral education, I acquired an M.A. in Political Science and Methodology and a B.A in Political Science (with high distinction) from the University of Michigan. My former background includes Computer Science & Engineering. My research and teaching interests span the scope of comparative and international political economy. Within these dimensions, my research interests include democratization, distributive politics, corruption, International Organizations, migration policy, and formal and empirical methods. My recent research examines the impact that fiscal policies of International Organizations - including the EU, IMF, and the World Bank - have on patterns of corruption, migration, democratic performance, and authoritarian relapsing in recipient states.