Tara Slough is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at Columbia University where she studies comparative politics, quantitative methods, and political economy (formal theory). She writes on the political economy of development. Her dissertation focuses on the distributive politics of the public sector with applications to low- and middle-income democracies. Tara has conducted fieldwork in Argentina, Colombia, Haiti, Malawi, Nigeria, and Venezuela. Her work is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. In 2012, she earned both a BM in Violin Performance and a BA in Political Science from Rice University.