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Welcome! I am currently a Professor and Associate Chair of Political Science at UMBC. My research interests include various aspects of democratization, from the movements that lead the fight for regime change to efforts at holding the former regime accountable for its human rights record upon democratic breakthrough. My three books include The Democratization Disconnect; Social Movements and the New State; and The Costs of Justice




To see a complete CV, including teaching profile, other work experience and research interests, please see CV link at left.

To see a list of current publications, please click here.


I will also be running a 4-week, 3-credit Poland Study Abroad program in Summer 2017. For a flyer, click here. For more detailed information on the course, please click here.


I am currently starting a new book project combining my growing interest in disaster research and climate change. In this project, I look at the politics behind planned disaster risk reduction measures for populations endangered by climate change-related processes, from sea level rise to extreme weather.