Geoff specializes in comparative politics and political methodology. His research interests include democratization, the political economy of development, the politics of redistribution, and his regions of interest are Latin America and Southeast Asia. His dissertation research focuses on the causes of democratic backsliding in developing countries. He is also conducting research on why some authoritarian regimes are better at generating economic development than others. To address these issues, Geoff employs quantitative methods, game theoretic modeling, and historical research.