Civil Conflict, State Consolidation, and the Spread of Mass Education. American Political Science Review. Accepted. (pdf

- Fiona McGillivray Award for the best Political Economy paper, APSA 2018

The Non-Democratic Roots of Mass Education: Evidence from 200 Years. American Political Science Review (pdf) (html including Annotations for Transparent Inquiry) (appendix) 


- Michael Wallerstein Award for the best Political Economy article published in 2020

- Mary Parker Follett Award for the best Politics and History article published in 2020

- Best Comparative Policy Paper Award, APSA 2019  

Public-Sector Unions and the Size of Government. 2019. American Journal of Political Science 63(1): 21-36. (pdf)


- Dorothy Day Award for best labor politics paper, APSA 2016

- APPAM 2013 exemplary research on the politics of policymaking

- Media coverage: Washington Post, The Economist, POLITICO, NBC News, ABC WJLA, Education WeekGoverning Magazine, Bloomberg

We Have History - and How it Changed Me. 2019. In Eugene Finkel, Adria Lawrence, and Andrew Mertha, eds. CP: Newsletter of the Comparative Politics Organized Section of the American Political Science Association 29(2): 18-25. (pdf)

Understanding Human Resources in Broad-Access Higher Education (with Susanna Loeb and Eric Taylor). 2014. In Remaking College: The Changing Ecology of Higher Education, edited by Mitchell Stevens and Michael Kirst. Stanford University Press.

The Early Childhood Care and Education Workforce from 1990 through 2010: Changing Dynamics and Persistent Concerns (with Daphna Bassok, Susanna Loeb, and Maria Fitzpatrick). 2013. Education Finance and Policy 8(4): 581-601.


The Political Economy of National School Curricula: Evidence from Argentina and Chile, 1860-1970 (with Jennifer Guevara and Camila Pérez Navarro) (pdf)

Is Universal Preschool More Resilient to Budget Cuts than Targeted? Evidence from the Great Recession (with Erica Greenberg) (pdf)

Durable Goods for Enduring Voters? Evidence from a School Construction Program in Argentina (pdf)

Teacher Unions and Education Reform in Argentina (pdf)


Education. Chapter for The Oxford Handbook of Historical Political Economy, edited by Jeff Jenkins and Jared Rubin. 

When Does Education Promote Democracy? Evidence from Curriculum Reforms in Mexico (with Francisco Garfias and Enrique Seira) 

Education as Indoctrination: Cross-National Evidence from the Postwar Period 

Political Determinants of Education Quality (based on the  Historical Education Quality Database) 

Assistant Professor

University of California, San Diego

Dept. of Political Science &

Global School of Policy and Strategy 

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