Research

My research was at the intersection of comparative politics and international relations, with a more specific focus on the influence of national identity on economic outcomes. I have sought to understand how national identity affects responses to financial crises as well as the political economy of economic adjustment in Western Europe.

My dissertation, The Good Student, the Bad Student, and the Celtic Tiger: National Identity and Responses to the Troika in Europe, analyzes the responses of Greece, Ireland, and Portugal to their bailout programs from the so-called “Troika” of international institutions, which were requested because the governments of Greece, Ireland, and Portugal had all been shut out of bond markets between 2010 and 2011.

In my research I’ve used small-n controlled comparison with detailed case studies and within-case process tracing. This also included extensive field work funded by a Fulbright Shuman Research Grant, where I conducted 38 semi-structured interviews with elites in Ireland, Portugal, and at the European Commission. I examined primary documents such as each country’s Memorandum of Understanding with the Troika as well as the Troika’s quarterly reviews. Finally, I reviewed secondary resources such as newspapers, academic books and articles, and official data from each country’s statistics offices as well as data from trusted institutions such as the OECD and Eurostat.