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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Welcome! I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Political Science, at the University of Toronto.


Recently, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) and the 2019 Progressive Economics Fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).


I hold a PhD in Politics and International Relations from Royal Holloway, University of London (2021), an MSc in Public Policy and Management from King’s College London, and an MA in History from McMaster University.

I am a Canadian comparativist with research based at the intersection of comparative politics, political economy, and political behaviour. My expertise resides in the consequences of inequality on political behaviour, as well as Canadian politics, class politics, party politics, political inequality, and public policy.


My research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQSC), and Royal Holloway, University of London.


I've published in American Behavioral ScientistCanadian Journal of Political Science; Electoral Studies; European Political Science ReviewParty PoliticsPolitical Studies; Politics & PolicyPolitics, Groups & Identities; Social Science QuarterlyStatistics, Politics & Policy; and West European Politics.

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