I am a PhD candidate in the Politics Department at Princeton. My dissertation investigates the origins of colonial investments and their effects on political elite and government formation as well as their long-term consequences for welfare. In another project, I exploit a natural experiment to investigate the role of culture in the human development of young elites. The underlying motivation of my research is to show how education and culture can fundamentally affect development and the formation of elites. I rely on a wide range of evidence that includes original historical records, geospatial data, surveys and behavioral games.
Prior to starting my PhD, I obtained an MA in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University as a recipient of la Caixa Graduate Fellowship. I also hold a BA in Political Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and spent my undergraduate year abroad at the University of California, Berkeley. I have consulted for Innovations for Successful Societies and interned at the World Bank in Poverty Reduction and Economic Management and at the United Nations Association.