I am the Walter F. LaFeber Professor of Government and Public Policy at Cornell University and a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Program at the Brookings Institution.
I study the interaction of political and economic systems, mostly in emerging market economies. Recently, I have been particularly focused on the question of how social institutions structure identities. I am also interested in how we construct explanations and make inferences in the social sciences.
I have a special interest in Southeast Asia, and am a faculty affiliate of the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell (SEAP), co-founder and member of the Executive Board of the Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG), and past president of the American Institute for Indonesian Studies (AIFIS). I am also a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Analytical Learning about Islam and Muslim Societies (AALIMS) and the steering committee of the International Political Economy Society (IPES).
Leitner Seminar Series: Thomas B. Pepinsky