Chris Gahagan is a PhD candidate and graduate assistant in the Political Science department at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL.

Primary research interests revolve around the social and political determinants of informal (shadow) economic activity throughout the world. His research goals include creating better theory and causal identification for why people and firms move into the informal economy in addition to what policies governments and international organizations can enact to entice participation in the formal economy.

Current work includes research and undergraduate teaching at Florida State University.

For questions, or research and collaborative inquiries, please feel free to email directly at cgahagan[at]