Bili Peru2I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Weber Programme at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in August 2018. My primary subfield is Comparative Politics with a regional concentration on Latin America and Central and Eastern Europe. My minors are in Political Methodology and International Development. Prior to attending UNC, I graduated with a 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 and comparative political economy, with a specific 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.