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.
My broad research agenda focuses on various aspects of repression and discrimination in comparative, American, and international politics. Methodologically, I am interested in research design, experiments, machine learning, and measurement. These substantive and technical interests converge in my dissertation, a book-length project entitled Unequal Response: A Comparative Study of Police Violence. In it, I develop a novel theory about discriminatory policing, and test it using data from semi-structured interviews, archival sources, and survey experiments. My other research is published or is forthcoming at the British Journal of Political Science, Conflict Management and Peace Science, Electoral Studies, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, the Journal of Open Source Software, the Journal of Peace Research, Law & Contemporary Problems, Personality and Individual Differences, PLOS ONE, Political Research Quarterly, PS: Political Science & Politics, Research & Politics, Sociological Science, and several edited volumes and general-audience publications. It has been 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 (2016 program, 2017 program). In addition, I organize 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. I am also a Catalyst for the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences and a member of the Conflict Consortium's Advisory Board.