Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. In the fall I will begin a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Varieties of Democracy Institute at the University of Gothenburg . I specialize in international relations and comparative politics with a focus on human rights, democratic institutions, and political violence.

My research investigates two broad questions: (1) how do democratic institutions constrain and facilitate human rights violations and conflict; and (2) how can international organizations mitigate the threat of state repression? I use a variety of methods to answer these questions, including cross-national statistical analysis, survey experiments, and text analysis. My research applies across countries, though I am especially interested in Latin America and the United States. My research on the relationship between elections and conflict is forthcoming in the Journal of Politics

You can find my CV here.