I am Associate Professor of Political Science in the Division of Social Science at New York University Abu Dhabi. My research focuses on international politics, political geography, and economic history. I am interested in the role of geography in explaining long-term outcomes related to political and economic development; the origins of states and state stability; the causes and effects of historical global encounters, including colonialism; and the politics of ethnic identification. Together, my research brings a global, comparative and historical perspective to the study of fundamental questions in the social sciences related to states and governance. I have published in American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, International Organization, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic History, and World Politics among others. Please reach me at:


+971 2 628 5054

NYUAD Division of Social Science, PO Box 129188, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE