Welcome! I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University. I study comparative politics with a focus on authoritarian regimes, democratic backsliding, social movements, security, and violent conflict. My most recent article examines the variation of non-violent and violent dissent across authoritarian regime types. Prior to this article, I conducted a study investigating the relationship between military corporate interests and regime transition after the Arab Spring. Papers are available on the “research” page.
I graduated cum laude from St. Edward’s University with a bachelor of arts in political science. In 2013, I was accepted as a research fellow at the University of North Texas NSF REU in Civil Conflict Management and Peace Science. In 2012, I was accepted into the McNair Scholars Program and presented independent research at notable conferences such as the National Council for Undergraduate Research and the Midwest Political Science Association.