I am a Doctoral Student in Political Science at Texas A&M University. I earned my Master of Arts in Political Science at the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York and my Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Economics at the University of the Philippines School of Economics.

My research interest is in political economy and international development, particularly in how cultural and political contexts shape economic behavior, specifically, how variations in institutions, history, and cultural and social context lead to poverty, inequality, and violence.

My research agenda aim to answer the question “why are some societies poor, unequal, and violent?” using an interdisciplinary approach built on my training in economics, econometrics, and formal modeling.

My previous works also delve into studies of judicial decision-making, comparative courts, and law and economics.