In the fall of 2020, I will join the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University as an Assistant Professor. My research centers on comparative and Latin American politics. My main areas of interest are democracy, political institutions, and executive politics and policymaking, but I am also interested in public opinion and gender and politics. I have published articles in: Studies in Comparative International Development, International Studies Quarterly, Electoral Studies, Political Research Quarterly, Governance, and the International Political Science Review.
I am currently completing a book manuscript that examines how Latin American presidents with ambitious reform agendas implement them in a democratic context. More specifically, it analyzes the underlying causes, mechanisms for success, and consequences of one particular method of reform: a Constituent Assembly with supreme power to change the political system. For this project, I conducted extensive fieldwork in Bolivia and Ecuador. You can read more about my published research here and my on-going projects here. You can read more about my teaching here.
Prior to joining Texas Tech, I was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Kansas State University. I received my Ph.D. and M.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. from Union College in Schenectady, NY. I am originally from Syracuse, NY.