I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods.  As a scholar of comparative politics, my work focuses primarily on the intersection of political institutions and political culture.

My research examines the foundations of trust and cooperation in modern, democratic societies. Trust and cooperation form many of the cornerstones of our collective lives – from economic exchange, to effective political participation, to support for the welfare state. However, our responsibilities towards each other are often derailed by the temptation to do what is best for ourselves. How (some) societies manage to develop social norms that solve these collective action problems is the central puzzle animating my research agenda.

I employ a variety of empirical methods in my work, including behavioral, survey and field experiments, as well as "forensic" analyses of cross-national and historical data. 

Prior to joining the Max Planck Institute, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from Stanford University (2014), a J.D. from Stanford Law School (2011), and a double B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (2006).