Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Temple University. Prior to starting at Temple, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. I received my Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in November 2011.
My research examines how international actors try to aid democracy, promote women’s representation, and support elections in developing countries. I am the author of a recent book on this topic, The Taming of Democracy Assistance: Why Democracy Promotion Does Not Confront Dictators (Cambridge University Press). My main ongoing projects explore the effects of election observers on election credibility and the changing role of international NGOs in world politics.
My work has appeared in journals such as Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, Journal of Politics, and Perspectives on Politics. I also occasionally write posts for outlets such as the Monkey Cage blog on the Washington Post and ForeignPolicy.com. My research has been supported by grants from the National Science Foundation and Experiments in Governance and Politics.