I am Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Tulsa. My principal research examines state building in the developing world. My first book, State Building in Boom Times: Commodities and Coalitions in Latin America and Africa, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press. I teach courses on topics such as state building, the “resource curse,” Latin American politics, and African politics. I received my Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 2008.