I am a first generation college graduate and scholar. Currently, I serve as Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Alabama and a Research Fellow at the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) Institute. My research focuses on political institutions in diverse 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 the European Journal of Political Research, Democratization, Human Rights Quarterly, and the African Studies Review.
I received a PhD in Political Science at the University of Florida in May 2019 and 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 have provided expertise on democratic governance, program initiation, survey design, and impact assessment for Michigan State University, Princeton University, the U.S. Department of State, 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 dog Simcoe.