I am 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. I received a B.A. from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and I am originally from Syracuse, NY. My research centers on comparative and Latin American politics. More specifically, I am interested in democracy and political institutions, executive politics and policymaking, and public opinion. 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 also 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 have conducted extensive fieldwork in Bolivia and Ecuador. You can read more about my published research here and my on-going projects here. At Kansas State University, I have taught introductory and upper-level undergraduate courses in comparative and Latin American politics. I have also conducted collaborative research with undergraduate students. You can read more about my teaching here.