Daniel T. Roberts
I'm a third-year PhD student in the Department of Government. Previously, I completed a B.A. in Economics at the University of Chicago and spent two years working as a Research Analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. By the time I advise you, I will have TFed classes on the "Foundations of Comparative Politics" (Gov 20) and the "Ethics of Public Policy" (Gov 1049). I'm interested in and would be happy to advise theses on all things Political Economy -- in this context, research on the politics of the economy. My particular specialty is in studying the comparative political economy of advanced capitalist democracies, like the United States, Europe, Japan, and comparable contexts. Furthermore, I've spent a lot of time studying the political causes and consequences of financial systems, homeownership, and wealth inequality. Methodologically, my diverse academic background prepares me to advise both quantitative/qualitative/mixed-methods positive political science theses and those that are more grounded in the normative tradition of modern/contemporary political theory. My mentoring focus would be on challenging you to explore the big, fundamental questions of contemporary political economy in wealthy democracies through careful analytical research grounded in the specific institutional choices and political coalitions that make these political economies tick. I welcome the opportunity to help you turn your ambitious and important concerns into a realistic and tractable thesis project. Please feel free to reach out if you would like to discuss whether we would be a good fit.