I was born and raised in Berkeley, California. I attended L' Ecole Bilingue de Berkeley, a French-American school with a full bilingual curriculum. From there, I attended Maybeck High School, a small independent school near Berkeley's Telegraph Avenue (2000). I went on to San Francisco State University where I earned a BA in Criminal Justice (2002, Summa Cum Laude) and a MA in international Relations (2003).
In the fall of 2003, I began work on my Ph.D. in Political Science at UC Davis. Under the mentorship of Jeff Gill, Randy Siverson, and James Fowler I have focused on political methodology and the application of quantitative methods to the study of international politics.
After having spent the 2006-2007 academic year as a visiting pre-doctoral fellow at Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science, I finished my Ph.D. in Spring 2007. I spent the next academic year as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science working on technology for automated data gathering with Gary King.
In July of 2008 I began my Assistant Professorship in the Political Science Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). At UNC, I further developed an early focus on network science. In particular, I am interested in the role of topology in modeling complex networks and forecasting their evolution. My Goal in these efforts is to develop network based theories, innovative statistical methods for network analysis, and policy relevant predictions. My areas of application are eclectic, ranging from international politics to neuroscience.
Around the same time as I started my assistant professorship, I met and married my wife Mirjam, a native of Canton Bern in Switzerland.
During the 2012-2013 academic year, I was a visiting professor at the University of Bern in Switzerland, and I am currently an Alexander von Humboldt fellow at the University of Konstanz in Germany (with my first stay in the 2013-2014 academic year and my second scheduled for the 2015-2016 academic year).
Beginning in the Fall semester of 2014, I left the University of North Carolina to take up the Carter Phillips and Sue Henry Professorship as an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Ohio State University. I'm loving OSU so far!