I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Chicago in the Department of Political Science. Starting with September 2018, I will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University.
I study comparative politics and historical political economy. My dissertation work draws on political science, economics and history to examine key questions related to colonial rule and state formation, the modern-day impact of colonial legacies, and the political economy of development and corruption. My PhD dissertation investigates the Ottoman and Habsburg Empires and their legacies in Eastern and Central Europe combining statistical methods, including spatial and content analysis, based on extensive archival research.
I have a BA in International relations and Sociology from the University of Bucharest, Romania; MA in Comparative Politics from the University of Essex, UK; MPhil in Politics and International Relations from the University of Nottingham, UK.