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 answers two questions: (1) under what conditions do democratic institutions reduce human rights violations and political violence?; and (2) how can the international community promote democracy and reduce state repression? I use a variety of methods to answer these questions, 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.

Previously, I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Varieties of Democracy Institute. I received my PhD in political science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2021. You can find my CV here.