Populism and Patronage: Why Populists Win Elections in India, Asia, and Beyond, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming)


“The Political and Economic Consequences of Populist Rule,” (with Christian Houle), Government & Opposition (published online), (gated), [download] (ungated)

    - See related media coverage in The Washington Post, Monkey Cage and New Mandala

“The Origins of Patronage Politics: State Building, Centrifugalism, and Decolonization” British Journal of Political Science, 45(1), (2015): 141-171

“Colonial Rule, Decolonization, and Corruption in India,” Commonwealth & Comparative Politics, 53(4), (2015): 401-427

“A Mixed Blessing: Karen Resettlement to the United States” (with Kate Lockwood-Kenny), Journal of Refugee Studies, 24(2) (2011): 217-38.

“Structural Integrity and Cohesion in Insurgent Organizations: Evidence from Protracted Conflicts in Ireland and Burma,” International Studies Review, 12 (2010): 533-555.

“The Meaning of Torture,” Polity, 42(2) (2010): 131-155.


“The Design-Based Revolution in Comparative Politics,” book chapter in N. Farrelly, A. King, M. Wesley, and H. White (eds.) Muddy Boots and Smart Suits: Researching Asia-Pacific Affairs, Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (2017) [download]

“Civil Wars,” (with Stathis N. Kalyvas), in Robert A. Denemark (ed.), The International Studies Encyclopedia.  Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell (2010). [download]


Populism and Democracy in Southeast Asia, book manuscript under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Does Ethnic Inequality Promote Ethnic Voting?” (with Christian Houle and Chunho Park), invited to revise an resubmit at Journal of Politics [download]

“The Political Effects of Asylum Seeker Immigration: Evidence from the Asylum Seeker Dispersal Program in England and Wales 2000-2015,” (with Charles Miller), under review

“Populists and Press Freedom” under review


Weak Ties and Dark Networks: The Social Basis of Terrorism in Colonial India” (with Alexander Lee), dormant

“Organizational Weapons: Explaining Cohesion in the Military” HiCN Working Paper, No. 107, [download]


My research covers several areas of comparative politics including the political economy of populism, the effects of colonial rule, and immigration.

My first book, Populism and Patronage: Why Populists Win Elections in India, Asia, and Beyond (forthcoming with Oxford University Press) demonstrates a causal link between the disruption of political patronage networks and the electoral success of populist candidates. My research has previously been published or is forthcoming in the British Journal of Political Science and Government & Opposition among other journals. Full details of published research and work in progress are listed below.