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Simone Paci

Ph.D. Political Science

Columbia University

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Welcome to my website!

I am a 2023/24 Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeotn University. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

My research focuses on the politics of tax noncompliance (evasion & avoidance), which I tackle from both the comparative and subnational perspectives. The key question guiding my work is how tax noncompliance by the rich influences both the demand and supply of progressive taxation and redistribution.


I have also worked on historical political science, studying the impact of war on nation/state-building.

My teaching covers both substantive and methodological areas: from the politics of the EU to the comparative politics of redistribution, to qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Research Interests


Comparative Political Economy

International Political Economy

Subnational Politics

Historical Political Science


Tax Evasion & Avoidance


Social Embeddedness

State Building


Multi-Level Modeling

Design-Based Causal Inference


Text Analysis


Columbia University, New York, NY

Ph.D. in Political Science, (Expected 2023)

M.Phil. in Political Science (2020)

M.A. in Political Science (2018)

Yale University, New Haven, CT

B.A. in Economics and Political Science (2017)

Summa cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, &

Departmental Honors        

Other Things I Love


With white, the Queen's Gambit
(since before the show)

With black, the French Defense


Foppolo -- a family locus amoenus

and also, these two cats


Here are a couple all-time favorites:

Kingdom (2006-)

Watchman (1986)

La Profezia dell'Armadillo (2012)

Attack on Titan (2009-21)

Dylan Dog (1986-)

one of them is even blog-famous

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