Research and Practice Areas:
Political Economy of Security; Foreign Investment (FDI); Economic Interdependence; Migration and Diasporas; Powersharing; Policing.
Security and Political Economy (SPEC) Lab, Law Enforcement Work Inquiry System (LEWIS).
I am an associate professor in the School of International Relations and the co-founder of the Security and Political Economy (SPEC) Lab. The other Principal Investigators in the lab are Jonathan Markowitz and Megan Becker. Kelebogile (Kelly) Zvobgo was our first lab director and Alix Ziff is the current director.
My book, Investing in the Homeland, was published in 2019. If you’re curious about the role that migrants play as powerful brokers in the global economy, please check out the 5-minute video, or order a copy of the book. There is also a short accessible piece explaining the role of migrants in enhancing U.S. economic competitiveness, and a longer general-audience article about immigrant entrepreneurship and homeland investment (with Jennifer Brinkerhoff). Working-paper versions of select chapters are available for free electronically. If you would like a copy of the full manuscript but cannot purchase it or access it via your library, please email me and I will send you a PDF of the manuscript.
For a few fun Washington Post pieces applying findings from my academic work to current policy debates, see the following:
(4) the rise of transfer restrictions as an understudied form of political risk