Populism in Southeast Asia, Cambridge Elements in Southeast Asian Politics & Society, New York: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming)

Populism and Patronage: Why Populists Win Elections in India, Asia, and Beyond, Oxford: Oxford University Press (2017)

    - Winner of the American Political Science Association's 2018 Robert A. Dahl Award.


“The structure of ethnic inequality and ethnic voting,” (with Christian Houle and Chunho Park), The Journal of Politics (forthcoming)

“The Political and Economic Consequences of Populist Rule,” (with Christian Houle), Government & Opposition, 53(2), (2018): 256-287, [download] (ungated)

    - See related opinion pieces 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.


“Civil Wars,” (with Stathis N. Kalyvas), in International Studies Encyclopedia, edited by Robert Denemark and Renée Marlin-Bennett, Oxford: Oxford University Press, (2017), originally published in International Studies Encyclopedia/International Studies Online, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, (2009). [Download]

“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]


“Populists and Press Freedom” revise and resubmit at Political Research Quarterly

The Populists: From Antiquity to the Age of Trump, book manuscript, proposal and sample under review

“Does Asylum Seeker Immigration Increase Support for the Far Right? Evidence from in England and Wales 2000-2015”, (with Charles Miller), under review

"A New Penal Populism: Rodrigo Duterte, the War on Drugs, and Public Opinion in the Philippines." (with Ronald Holmes), to be presented at the International Political Science Association (2018)

“Populism and Domestic Protests” (with Svitlana Chernyk), to be presented at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Society for Quantitative Political Science (2018).

“Immigration, the White Working Class, and the British Labour Party, 2000-2010”, (with Charles Miller), in progress.

“The Origins of Ethnic Inequality in Sub Saharan Africa” (with Christian Houle and Nicholas Bichay), in progress.


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


At the broadest level, my research is concerned with the economic origins or political order. I have written on several subjects within this theme, including the political economy of populism, corruption, and immigration.

My first book, Populism and Patronage: Why Populists Win Elections in India, Asia, and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2017) demonstrates a causal link between the disruption of political patronage networks and the electoral success of populist candidates. The book received the American Political Science Association's 2018 Robert A. Dahl Award.

A second book, Populism in Southeast Asia (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming), examines the political economy of populism in the region. My current book project, The Populists: From Antiquity to the Age of Trump extends my work on populism across democratic history.

Other research has previously been published or is forthcoming in the British Journal of Political Science and The Journal of Politics among other journals. Full details of published research and work in progress are listed below.