Hello. I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. My substantive research focuses on various aspects of repression, human rights, and discrimination. Methodologically, I am interested in research design, experiments, and using computational tools to better understand the social world. I have published work on these topics in the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Politics, and Political Analysis, among other journals.
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My general interest in repression, human rights, and discrimination has led to my current research agenda, which centers on the politics of policing. In a series of papers, I examine discrimination in police recruitment and oversight, the political effects of policing, and the effectiveness of domestic security strategies, among other things. My desire to better understand the politics of policing motivates my dissertation, a book-length project entitled The Politics of Discriminatory Policing. At the core of this project is a novel theory about police discrimination informed, in part, by interviews conducted with domestic security agents. To test this theory, I use a variety of approaches including audit and survey experiments, machine learning, and interviews and ride-alongs with domestic security agents. My theory and results contribute to the new interdisciplinary literature on comparative policing that is emerging in political science, sociology, economics, and criminology.
Prior to attending graduate school, I worked as a congressional staffer, a photojournalist for state and local papers, and as an English teacher in Belarus, among other things. These experiences inform many of my research projects. When I am not working, I enjoy playing basketball, taking photographs, watching Manchester United play, and cooking (particularly Russian cuisine). Thanks for stopping by my site.