Robert is a first-year PhD student studying modern economic history, broadly in the areas of twentieth-century financial and global history. His dissertation, "Forging a Global Economy: Central Banks, Commercial Banks, and the Foundation of a Monetary System, 1924-1971," examines the interwar monetary policies of central banks in Western Europe and Japan, as well as the broader policy-oriented implications of globalization. This research aims to describe the joint efforts of central banks and financial institutions in organizing the payment of war reparations, overseeing the issuance of loans for the German government, and supporting the development of the post-war economy. Other areas of interest include public policy, international trade, and the history of regulations in the financial sector.
He holds a BA in History (Highest Honors) and Economics from Vanderbilt University where he received the Dewey Grantham Award for best honors thesis. He has also studied at the London School of Economics. Prior to coming to Princeton, he worked as a Business Analyst at Visa, Inc. in San Francisco and as a Research Assistant at the Center for Financial Stability.