Hi. I'm 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've 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 research focuses on various aspects of repression and discrimination in comparative, American, and international politics. Methodologically, I'm interested in research design and experiments. I've published work on these topics at the British Journal of Political Science, Conflict Management and Peace Science, International Studies Quarterly, the Journal of Experimental Political Science, the Journal of Peace Research, Political Research Quarterly, Political Analysis, PS: Political Science & Politics, Research & Politics, and in several other interdisciplinary, sociology, and psychology journals. I'm fortunate to have received funding for this research from the Making Electoral Democracy Work project and the Swedish Research Council, among other sources.
My current research agenda focuses on various aspects 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. My interest in this general topic motivates my dissertation, a book-length project entitled Unequal Response: A Comparative Study of Police Violence. At the core of this project is a novel theory about discriminatory policing informed, in part, by interviews conducted with domestic security agents. To test this theory, I use data from semi-structured interviews, archival sources, and survey experiments.
Beyond my research, I serve in several roles where I work to foster scholarly community. Since 2015, I've been the Editorial Assistant of the Newsletter for APSA's Organized Section in Comparative Politics. 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, 2018 program). Courtenay Conrad and I are organizing a similar mini-conference on the Politics of Policing for the 2018 WPSA meeting. In addition to these mini-conferences, I organize the Virtual Workshop on Authoritarian Regimes (VWAR) with Holger Kern. I'm also a member of the Conflict Consortium's Advisory Board.