I am a Political Scientist specializing in international political economy at the Center for Political Studies at the University of Michigan. 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 and engineering and during my postdoctoral work, I was a Research Scholar 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. My recent research examines the link between the EU integration process and EU public policy with distributive politics in Europe's post-socialist countries. In other works, I 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.