I am Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Tulsa. My principal research examines the political economy of development. My first book, State Building in Boom Times: Commodities and Coalitions in Latin America and Africa (Oxford University Press, 2014), analyzes how the politics surrounding exporting influences state formation. My most recent publications are a co-authored article on the strengthening of tax institutions in Europe (in World Politics) and a forthcoming article on why the growing attention to causal mechanisms and process tracing in case study research should alter the guidelines for case selection (in Sociological Methods & Research).