I am a Research Scholar at the University of Michigan's Center for Political Studies. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science, an M.A. in International Relations and Methodology, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan. My former background includes Computer Science & Engineering and my postdoctoral research was conducted at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. My research and teaching interests span the scope of international political economy with an emphasis on distributive politics and democratic developments. Within this framework, my main research examines the link between the EU integration process and EU public policy with distributive politics in Europe's post-socialist countries. My additional works assess how international organizations — the EU, IMF, and the World Bank — shape patterns of democratic performance, accountability, and migration in borrowing countries. My work has appeared in Economics and Politics, European Policy Analysis, and Party Politics.