I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and also hold a M.A. in Economics from UC Berkeley.
My research centers on political institutions in dictatorship and authoritarian durability, using formal theory and statistical methods. In particular, I examine why some autocratic leaders strategically institutionalize their ruling parties by taking actions that limit their personal authority after coming into power. I have a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and am also interested in finding new and creative ways to collect data on authoritarian institutions.
Office: S284 Gibson Hall
University of Virginia
Department of Politics
1540 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, VA 22903
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