I am a doctoral student (ABD) of Political Science at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. My expected dissertation
defense date is in spring 2018. My committee chair is Dave
Armstrong, currently at Western University in Ontario,
Canada. My fields of study are comparative politics and
My dissertation applies a theory of regime-level learning to
explain why authoritarian regimes persist in the face of
existential challenges. My project grew out of an interest in
authoritarian politics, and the interesting puzzle of the paucity
of democratization in the Middle East and North Africa.
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My primary research interests revolve around persistent
authoritarianism and comparative democratization, as well as the
role of political institutions in either strengthening democratic
societies or maintaining authoritarian rule. I also am interested
in how institutions work to mitigate intrastate conflict.
My research often employs advanced quantitative methods, such as
Bayesian modeling, text analysis, machine learning, multiple
imputation, mixture modeling, and matching. As such I have engaged
in research and collaborated on projects in a diverse array of
You can find more information about my research and other
projects I have contributed to by following the link above to my
I have had the privilege of teaching courses at both the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and University of
Wisconsin-Parkside. I will be teaching at Marquette University in
fall 2017. I enjoy teaching, and I look forward to the opportunity
to teach new courses in comparative politics, international
relations, or political methodology.
You can find more information about courses I have taught
(including evaluations) as well as invited talks and seminars I
have run by following the link above to my teaching page.