Jeremy Spater is a PhD Candidate (ABD) in Political Economy with a secondary focus in Methodology. His dissertation examines the relationship between collective identities and preferences for public goods, with applications to South Asia and Europe. He also studies international political economy, including the relationship between trade balance and protectionist preferences. His research utilizes formal theory, survey experiments, and natural experiments. He graduated magna cum laude from Kenyon College in 2007 with a double major in political science and physics, with a minor in mathematics. He then earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan and worked as an engineer before coming to Duke. He earned an MA in economics in 2013 and completed the requirements for the MA in political science in 2015.