Welcome! I am an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I specialize in international relations and comparative politics with a focus on human rights, democracy, and international organizations. My research is published or forthcoming in Democratization, International Studies Review, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Politics, the Review of International Organizations, and Security Studies.
My work explains 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.