About Me

Welcome! I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Government at Georgetown University, specializing in the politics of international migration and European integration.

My dissertation project focuses on the public policies concerning irregular migrants adopted by advanced industrialized democracies. I seek to explain why European states have developed a similar, multifaceted approach to addressing irregular migration in contrast to other democratic migrant-receiving states. Specifically, I examine the role played by the European Union (EU), and the way it has facilitated the diffusion of policy innovations adopted domestically across member states. My work reveals an additional mechanism through which migration policies develop over time as well as how the European project can be considered a form of confederal governance.

More broadly, I am interested in the effects of migration on the political systems and societies of migrant-receiving states, be it through the mobilization of migrant diasporas to influence state foreign policies, the development of radical-right political movements and violent civil backlash to migrant populations, or the evolution of public attitudes towards migrants. In addition to my dissertation, I am working on several independent and collaborative projects with numerous colleagues with respect to these topics. As a visiting doctoral student at Sciences Po Paris, I am member of the EU Horizon 2020 funded Migration Governance and Asylum Crises (MAGYC) Project, working with a team of researchers examining how European migration policies have impacted the flows of migrants and asylum seekers during the migration “crises” that have affected the continent since the late 2000s.

Prior to the Ph.D. program, in 2015, I obtained a master’s degree from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in “International Cooperation, Humanitarian Action, and the Politics of Development.” In 2011, I graduated from Yale with a B.A. in “Ethics, Politics, and Economics” and “International Studies.”

On a personal note, in addition to my research, I enjoy swimming, practicing cello, playing chess with several close friends, and traveling whenever I get the chance.