I am a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University. 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 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.