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Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Public & International Affairs and the Faculty of Law, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa

I study comparative politics, with a focus on human rights, vigilantism, crime and politics, and the political consequences of violence. I am also interested in racial and gender discrimination. My research is published or forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, Perspectives on Politics, the Journal of Peace Research, Comparative Political Studies, and Comparative Politics. Geographically, I focus on Latin America, especially Guatemala, and the US. My work is informed by my prior experiences as a diplomat for the US Department of State and as a congressional candidate. Before moving to Ottawa, I taught in MIT's political science department for several years.


  • –present
    Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa, L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa


  • 2013 
    Yale University, Political Science


2019 Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics (Honorable Mention); 2014 Gabriel Almond Award, American Political Science Association (APSA), 2013 Heinz Eulau Award, APSA; NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 2008-2013