I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute for 2019-2021. I received my PhD in Political Science at the University of Florida in 2011. Prior to starting my PhD program, I spent twelve months in the Democratic Republic of the Congo overseeing a U.S. government funded food security program. 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).
My research focuses on political institutions in authoritarian settings, as well as, international norms, foreign aid, and gender politics. I have conducted fieldwork in D.R. Congo, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, and Uganda. My work has appeared in Democratization and African Studies Review.
As a consultant, I have provided expertise on democratic governance, program initiation, survey design, and impact assessment for Michigan State University, Princeton University, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). I am a managing partner at 417 Research & Analytics.
My favorite video game is Stata. In my free time, I enjoy rock climbing, brewing beer, and training my dog Simcoe.
I am always looking for opportunities to collaborate on research and international development projects. You can contact me at email@example.com