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A photo of me.Hello. I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Michigan. My substantive research focuses on measuring and examining various aspects of repression and discrimination in comparative, American, and international politics. Methodologically, I am interested in research design, machine learning, and experiments. I have published work on these topics in 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 Peace Research, Political Research Quarterly, Political Analysis, Political Science Research and Methods, PS: Political Science & Politics, Research & Politics, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, and in several other interdisciplinary, sociology, and psychology journals. I am grateful to have received funding for this research from the Making Electoral Democracy Work project and the Swedish Research Council, among other sources.

My general interest in repression and discrimination has lead 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. My desire to better understand the politics of policing 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 a variety of approaches including big data, machine learning, audit and survey experiments, participant observation, and interviews 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.


Countries where I have conducted research.

I enjoy building and strengthening scholarly communities related to my research interests. Since 2014, I have been the Editorial Assistant of the Newsletter for APSA's Organized Section in Comparative Politics. This year, I am guest editing the Spring 2018 issue, which will include a symposium on Policing and Domestic Security Forces. My goal with this issue is to build bridges between scholars working on domestic security forces and to publicize this growing research area to the broader scholarly community. Along with Courtenay Conrad, I organized a conference-within-a-conference on the Politics of Policing to coincide with the 2018 Western Political Science Association annual meeting. Since 2015, Holger Kern and I have been organizing a similar mini-conference on the Politics of Authoritarian Regimes to coincide with the annual meetings of the Southern Political Science Association ( 2016, 2017, 2018). Holger and I also organize the Virtual Workshop on Authoritarian Regimes (VWAR), which provides scholars of authoritarian regimes with an opportunity to receive feedback from multiple discussants on their research in progress.

When I am not working, I enjoy playing basketball, taking photographs, watching film, and cooking (particularly Russian cuisine). Thanks for stopping by my site.