I am a first generation college graduate and scholar. Currently, I serve as Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama. I am also a Research Fellow at the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute. My research broadly focuses on the politics of authoritarianism and regime transformation. I am particularly interested in how domestic institutions and actors interact with international concerns to shape the behavior of authoritarian regimes. I have conducted fieldwork in D.R. Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda. My work has appeared in African Studies Review, the British Journal of Political Science, Democratization, the European Journal of Political Research, Human Rights Quarterly, and Social Science and Medicine.
Prior to joining the University of Alabama, I was a postdoctoral researcher at the V-Dem Institute in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg. In 2019, I received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Florida, and I also hold a Master’s in International Affairs from Texas A&M University (2011) and a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Appalachian State University (2008).
As a consultant, I provide expertise on democratic governance, program initiation, survey design, and impact assessment. Previously, I have worked with USAID, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). I am a managing partner at 417 Research & Analytics.
My favorite video games are Stata and R. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, brewing beer, and training my dogs Simcoe and Barley.