I am a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Political Science at Penn State University. My major field of study is comparative politics and my secondary fields are American politics and political methodology. My research is broadly focused on federalism, subnational politics, and public opinion. While I most often take a cross-region approach to comparative politics, I do have a regional focus on Latin America, predominately Brazil. I will be conducting a short field study in Brazil in July of 2017. I received a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship in 2012.
My dissertation explores the impact of subnational undemocratic regimes on citizen opinions about democracy. Specifically it explores how regime type at the subnational level affects public opinion both directly by influencing the ability of state governments to represents citizens, as well as indirectly by affecting subnational economic and political performance.