I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh with a courtesy appointment in Public Policy at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs


My research uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to understand two political problems that are becoming more challenging and consequential than ever: environmental politics and policy; and the politics of autocracy and democracy. Specifically, I've published on topics including democratic backsliding, populism, nationalism, environmental governance, climate change, and legal institutions.


My regional specialties lie in Asia (including but not limited to China) and Eastern Europe.

I received my Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, and my B.A. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, earning a dual degree in Political Science and Russian and Eastern European Studies.  

My articles have recently appeared in World Politics, Comparative Political Studies, and Democratization. My book The Performative State is forthcoming with Cornell University Press.