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Assistant Professor of International Affairs, University of Georgia

I am an assistant professor in the Department of International Affairs within the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia. I received my PhD in political science from Binghamton University in 2012.

My work focuses primarily on the determinants of human rights practices, collective dissent, political violence, and economic development. I have a strong research interest in the international diffusion of local outcomes, as well as the institutions, organizations, and processes that generate such diffusion.

I am also actively involved in the measurement of human rights practices. I am the Co-Founder and Civil & Political Rights Metrics Lead for the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI), co-director of the archived CIRI Human Rights Data Project, and co-Principal Investigator on the Worker Rights in Law & Practice Data Project (WorkR) and the Sub-National Analysis of Repression Project (SNARP).


  • 2015–present
    Co-Founder & Civil and Political Rights Metrics Lead, Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI)
  • 2012–present
    Assistant Professor of International Affairs, University of Georgia


  • 2012 
    Binghamton University (SUNY), Ph.D., Political Science