My research focuses on comparative politics and international relations, and more specifically the influence of national identity and nationalism on economic outcomes. Up to this point I have focused on how national identity affects responses to financial crises and the politics of economic adjustment. In addition to my interests in political economy and national identity, I have recently become more interested in how European countries and the EU are navigating their relationships with the US and China as competition between the US and China intensifies.
I completed my dissertation, The Good Student, the Bad Student, and the Celtic Tiger: National Identity and Responses to the Troika in Europe, which was defended on May 21, 2021.
I am also working on three articles. The first is an article that details Portugal’s response to its Troika program. This article uses data from my dissertation and argues that Portugal’s responses to its Troika program were influenced by its national identity, which was transformed in its post-revolution period. The second article is a condensed version of my dissertation and compare how national identity shaped the responses of Greece, Ireland, and Portugal to their Troika programs. The third article is a co-authored piece with Dr. Craig Parsons and Dr. Ralph Heidl that explores how the interaction of national identities shaped organizational change in the EU during the EU Debt Crisis. In the medium-term, I plan on publishing my dissertation as a book.