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Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Kentucky

I am an Associate Professor in Comparative Politics in the department of Political Science. I received my Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego in 2006 and began working at the University of Kentucky the same year.

My book, Electoral Protest and Democracy in the Developing World ( Cambridge University Press) examines election-related protests and their consequences for democracy in developing countries. For this project I constructed an original data set of election-related protest and reform throughout the developing world for a thirty year period.

I have also published work on international relations, political economy, and democracy that has appeared in journals such as International Organization and Comparative Political Studies.

Thanks to a grant from TESS (Time Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences) I have also been studying perceptions of election fraud in the United States, and the impact of partisanship and political polarization, using survey experiments.

My next book-length project investigates the links between ethnic politics and partisan violence. The study focuses primarily on Caribbean countries, drawing additional evidence from Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Kentucky