I am a fifth year Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department at the Ohio State University with a major in Comparative Politics and a minor in Political Methodology. My research focuses on democratization, democracy promotion, and international organizations, with a regional concentration in Europe. In particular, I am interested in the ways in which international actors, especially international organizations, condition the effects of domestic institutions on regime outcomes in new and developing democracies.
My dissertation contributes to the democratization literature by investigating the ways in which international organizations not only fail to promote, but can even erode democratic institutions in new democracies. I argue that this serves as an under-explored explanation for democratic backslide in new democracies. However, although democratic backslide has become increasingly common, it is a poorly understood regime outcome. Thus, in addition to theorizing the links between international organizations and democratic backslide, my dissertation also proposes a theoretically grounded conceptualization and cross-national measure of democratic backslide, and uses this to test competing explanations for the causes of this phenomenon.
I earned my M.A. in Political Science from the Ohio State University in 2015. Before coming to the Ohio State University, I earned my B.A. in International Studies from Rhodes College in 2012. I am originally from Memphis, Tennessee.