Theo Serlin is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science, studying political economy, with applications to both international and domestic politics. His research integrates economic geography into political economy models of policy preferences and electoral politics. Accounting for variation in the efficiency of government provision between rural and urban areas, and for migration as a mechanism of economic adjustment, generates new and often counter-intuitive predictions about political alignments and reactions to economic change. He tests these theories using newly-digitized historical data and modern causal inference methods.
His work has been published in the American Political Science Review and received the David A. Lake Award for best paper presented at the 2022 meeting of the International Political Economy Society.
Theo graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 2018 with an A.B. in History, and received an M.A. in Economics from Stanford in 2022.