I am a PhD Candidate in Public Policy and Management in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. My primary research interests lie at the intersection of governance of public organizations, collaborative public management, and local public finance. Much of my research focuses on how institutional arrangement affects public organization's performance with an emphasis on their financial decisions in intergovernmental settings.
My dissertation, “Governing the Urban Public Goods: How Local Political Power and Institutions Shape Inequality,” shows how the choice and design of institutional rules determines where local and regional governments spend essential urban public investments on infrastructure and their impacts on citizen’s quality of life.
I also study urban politics and economics, and environmental policies as well as housing policy and community development. My articles have appeared in the Urban Affairs Review and American Politics Research. My paper "It’s Not Just Welfare: Racial Inequality and the Local Provision of Public Goods in the United States," has been selected the 2018 Best Paper in Urban and Regional Politics presented at the 2017 American Political Science Association Meeting. I expect to complete my PhD in May 2019.