My core research and teaching interests lie in the areas of political economy and comparative politics, with a regional expertise in Northeast Asia. I am currently teaching graduate-level courses that explore the intersection of political, economic, and social development for the Program in Economic Policy Management and the Executive Masters in Public Administration at Columbia University.
My book manuscript entitled Building an Inegalitarian Welfare State: The Impact of Dualistic Coordinated Capitalism & Elite-Made Democracy in Japan examines how the country's pursuit of a modern capitalist democracy spanning over a century generated conditions inimical to the development of a safety net. My article-length papers address the issues of industrial relations, the social policy preferences of business and organized labor, and the redistributive politics of disadvantaged groups. I am also currently undertaking a project that examines how economic development strategies, patterns of land reform, and the nature of special interest politics impact government housing policies and their distributional consequences in East Asia. My research has been funded by the Social Science Research Council, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University, the Association of Asian Studies, and the Center for International Studies at MIT, among others.
I received an MA in International Economics from Columbia University, a Ph.D. in Political Economy from the Department of Political Science at MIT, and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from Harvard University. I served in various capacities in investment banking and the non-profit sector working on issues ranging from financial product innovation to sustainable development practices.