I am a fifth year graduate student at the University of Rochester.

My research interests lie in covert repression, authoritarian survival, and contentious action. The geographic focus of my research has been Eastern Europe and the former Eastern Bloc.

As the main part of my fieldwork, I have conducted archival research at the archives of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records (BStU) and constructed a dataset based on files of almost 300 informants of the Stasi. My dissertation offers lessons about authoritarian survival that emerge from the analysis of these files.

You can find my current CV here.