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. I am a scholar of comparative political development, with a focus on East Asia and Eastern Europe. My research uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to understand two political problems that I believe are becoming more challenging and consequential than ever: environmental politics and policy; and the politics of authoritarianism and democracy.
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.