I am an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of California, Merced. I received my PhD from Emory University in 2010. Before coming to Merced, I spent three years as an assistant professor at theUniversity of Alabama. My research and teaching interests include international human rights institutions, law, and practice; domestic conflict between the state and citizen groups; international governance and legal institutions; and institutional solutions to bargaining and cooperation problems. My methodological approaches include game theoretic modeling and quantitative methodology.
My research focuses primarily on the effects of international and domestic institutions on state repression and domestic conflict. I specifically explore how international and domestic legal institutions such as human rights treaties, international criminal courts and tribunals, and domestic courts can constrain the state from repressing citizens while potential dissidents threaten leaders’ control of power. My work provides insight as to when and how states will cooperate with international institutions, how international institutions impact outcomes through domestic institutions, and the onset and process of domestic conflict.
My work has been published in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics.