Prior to joining the AidData and William & Mary, I have been conducted research at LICOS – Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance at KU Leuven, and have also worked with the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Policy Forum Armenia, and Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation.
I hold a PhD degree in Economics. I started my doctoral studies in the Department of Economics at Southern Methodist University. After completing all the requirements for a PhD candidate, I moved to the University of Leuven to join the Development Economics group, supervised by Jo Swinnen, while continuing to work with Omer Ozak and Klaus Desmet from Southern Methodist University. Additionally, my doctoral committee consisted of Giacomo De Luca from the University of York and Mara Squicciarini from Bocconi University. I defended my PhD dissertation in 2017, with chapters published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including International Migration Review and Economics Letters.