Welcome! I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and faculty affiliate at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I specialize in international relations and comparative politics with a focus on human rights, democratic institutions, and international organizations. My research has been published in Democratization and the Journal of Politics.
My work seeks to explain when democratic institutions and international organizations can (1) promote respect for human rights and (2) reduce political violence. I use a variety of methods to explore these issues, including cross-national statistical analysis and survey experiments. My research applies across countries, though I am especially interested in Latin America and the United States.