Welcome! I am a Professor of Government and Labor Relations at Cornell University. I work at the intersection of politics, economics, and sociology, and my research focuses on contextual models of human action. Such models view individuals as nested in a variety of social, economic, and political environments that shape and constrain their behavior.


In the areas of political economy and political sociology, I study how differences in macro-political contexts across countries shape people’s cognition and action. I have long been interested in popular consent and inequality in democracies and have written on the popularity of governments, the legitimacy of political institutions, and the link between welfare states and citizen behavior. My current research projects in this area examine how welfare states shape people’s social and economic behavior and how host societies affect the propensity of immigrants to participate in politics. In addition, I have an ongoing interest in the political economy of sports, with a focus on soccer (football).





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