I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee May 2020. My committee chair was Dave
Armstrong, currently at Western University in Ontario,
Canada. My fields of study were 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. I use
combination of human and machine coding of country reports scraped
from the Freedom House website to create a new measure of regime
liberalization and deliberalization. The "ensemble of ensembles"
machine learning approach I develop in the project will eventually
be made available on GitHub.
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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 the University of
Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, and University of
Wisconsin-Parkside. I currently teach at UW-Milwaukee as an
associate lecturer. I enjoy teaching, and I look forward to the
opportunity to teach new courses in comparative politics,
international relations, or empirical 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.