I think that science proceeds best when diverse groups form to 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. Since 2014, I have been the Editorial Assistant of the Newsletter for APSA's Organized Section in Comparative Politics. This year, 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 are organizing a virtual conference on the same topic for 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
- Co-organizer, Exploring Historical Legacies and Memory Workshop
- Editorial Assistant, CP Newsletter
- Founder and Directory, Annual Law Enforcement Survey
- Guest Affiliate, SSK Human Rights Forum, University of Korea and Sungkyunkwan University
- Member, Conflict & Peace, Research & Development Group
- Member, CP Group
- Research Associate, Campus Human Rights Index, University of Michigan