The Impact of Ideas and Identity on Foreign Policy
My research is located at the intersection of international relations and comparative politics.
Convinced that ideas are often crucial in determining policy choices, I seek to develop and
systematically test theoretically grounded models of the impact of ideational factors, such as
beliefs, perceptions, and identity on foreign policy. I am particularly interested in the
implications of different ways people “frame” (think about) a particular policy and its purpose,
with an empirical focus on international and comparative political economy.
Four different issue areas make up my current research agenda: European integration, the
political economy of international altruism, agent-based computational modeling, and the impact
of terminology on framing. The first two are largely substantive in nature, while the latter two
are more methodological.