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 an article on ethnic politics and administrative unit creation in Nigeria (in Publius: The Journal of Federalism) and a co-authored article on the strengthening of tax institutions in Europe (in World Politics).