David is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington, where he studies comparative politics, political economy, and research methodology. He is interested in comparative historical research that sits at the intersection of comparative political institutions and economic history in order to better understand long-term political development. His dissertation explores the role of state building and elite ideology in the development of national education systems. Specifically, he examines the timing and centralization of state institutions governing public education. He tests his framework using an original cross-national historical dataset of education laws and institutions in Europe and the Americas from 1800 to 1970 in combination with historical evidence from Argentina and Chile.
David also has active research interests in Latin American and European politics, the political economy of welfare states, economic inequality, and education reform. He has conducted archival and interview-based fieldwork in Argentina, Chile, and Denmark. To date, his research has been supported by the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, the Chester A. Fritz and Boeing International Endowment, the David J. Olson Family Endowment, and the ScanDesign Foundation.
Prior to his time in Seattle, David taught 6th grade social studies, non-fiction literacy, and English language arts in Houston, Texas. He holds a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida.
Research Interests: International and comparative political economy, welfare regimes, education politics, redistribution, state-building, Latin America, and multi-method research.