Bili Peru2 I am an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University. Prior to moving to Texas, I was a postdoctoral scholar at the Max Weber Programme at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and at the Stone Center for Socio-Economic Inequality at the Graduate School at the City University of New York in Manhattan, New York. I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in August 2018 and my B.A. in Economics, International Studies, and Latin American and Iberian Studies from the University of Richmond, VA.

My research interests lie at the intersection of international / comparative political economy and political behavior, with a particular focus on inequality, redistribution, and social policy. My book manuscript examines the determinants of income inequality and economic redistribution in Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. I am particularly interested in the impact of structural transformations on the income distribution, as well as in the effect of the quality of governance on state-sponsored redistribution. My other work explores the drivers of American financialization, the effect of the rise of the financial sector on economic inequality, the structure of tax havens, and the factors that affect support for democracy in Central and Eastern Europe.