I am a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. Previously, I studied at The Pennsylvania State University, where I received an M.A. in Political Science. I have also studied at the University of Colorado, where I earned a B.A. in History (with a minor in Classics), and at Northwestern University, where I graduated with an M.A. in Public Policy and Administration. After completing my B.A., I lived in Minsk, Belarus for two years. While there, I taught English and traveled throughout the former Soviet Union.
I am interested in authoritarian regimes, human rights, and post-Soviet politics. Methodologically, I am interested in research design, experiments (field, survey, lab), causal inference with observational data, measurement, and GIS. My research is published or is forthcoming at the British Journal of Political Science, Electoral Studies, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, the Journal of Open Source Software, the Journal of Peace Research, Personality and Individual Differences, PLOS ONE, Research & Politics, Sociological Science, and several edited volumes and general-audience publications. My research is funded by the Making Electoral Democracy Work project and the Swedish Research Council.
With Holger Kern, I organize a yearly conference-within-a-conference on the Politics of Authoritarian Regimes during the annual SPSA meeting. You can view the 2016 program and the 2017 program. I am also organizing the Virtual Workshop on Authoritarian Regimes (VWAR) with Holger Kern. Since 2015, I have been the Editorial Assistant of the Newsletter for APSA's Organized Section in Comparative Politics.