My research focuses on international and comparative political economy and the role of national identity in economic outcomes. Up to this points I have focused on responses to financial crises, the politics of financial crisis, and the politics of economic adjustment. In addition to my interests in political economy and national identity, I have 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 two 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 will be a condensed version of my dissertation and compare how national identity shaped the responses of Greece, Ireland, and Portugal to their Troika programs. In the medium-term, I plan on publishing my dissertation as a book. Finally, I am in the process of developing a research project with a colleague, where we will be exploring the geo-political strategies of European countries and the European Union as they have become caught up in the great power competition between the US and China.