John D'Attoma-2I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at the European University Institute, working with Sven Steinmo on the project titled “Willing to Pay.” I received my Ph.D. in August of 2015. My research lies in the field of comparative political economy and employs a variety of methodological techniques, both quantitative and qualitative (survey, survey experiments, lab experiments, comparative historical analysis), to investigate the varied relationship between citizens and their states. Most recently, I’ve focused on taxation and tax behavior in Europe and America. In many ways, taxation is the linchpin between democratic accountability and citizen responsibility, and thus, is an ideal way to examine interpersonal trust among individuals and also the relationship between individuals and their government. My research tends to be collaborative, policy oriented, and multimethodological.  My teaching specializations are comparative politics, international relations, and political economy, with an additional expertise in American politics and government. I am also very comfortable teaching quantitative and experimental methods.