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I am an Assistant Professor in the University of Utah Department of Political Science and an Affiliated Researcher at the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, where I was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow and Dissertation Fellow.  In 2021, I received my PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.  I was also a United States Institute of Peace-Minerva Peace and Security Scholar (2019-2020).  

My research focuses on regional intergovernmental organizations, security cooperation, and international influences on democracy/autocracy, particularly in Africa. 

I received the 2021 Lawrence S. Finkelstein Award (Best paper) from the International Studies Association's International Organization Section.

Currently, I am completing a book manuscript on elite politics driving regional cooperation in Africa, a series of projects on international cooperation among autocracies, and papers on international election observers.  

From 2021-2023, my research is supported by a grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation and the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

I co-organize (with Stephan Haggard) a working paper series on authoritarian regimes in international organizations.  Links to the papers are here on our IGCC project page.

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