I think that science proceeds best when diverse groups tackle wicked problems. I try to help create these groups in my own coauthorship network, through various community building endeavors, and in my work with various groups and institutions.
I enjoy building and strengthening scholarly communities related to my research interests. From 2014-2018, I was the Editorial Assistant of the Newsletter for APSA's Organized Section in Comparative Politics. I guest edited the Spring 2018 issue, which includes a symposium on Policing and Domestic Security Forces. My goal with this issue was 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. We also organized a virtual conference on the same topic in January 2019.
Since 2015, Holger Kern and I have also been organizing a mini-conference on the Politics of Authoritarian Regimes to coincide with the annual meetings of the Southern Political Science Association ( 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). 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.
- Catalyst, Berkeley Institute for Transparency in the Social Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
- Co-organizer, Virtual Workshop on Authoritarian Regimes
- Founder and Director, Annual Law Enforcement Survey
- Guest Affiliate, SSK Human Rights Forum, University of Korea and Sungkyunkwan University