I am an Assistant Professor of Government at Cornell University. My research interests include comparative political behavior, with a focus on regime preferences and voter behavior in nondemocratic systems, development and democratization, post-communism, and survey methodology. My first book, The Autocratic Middle Class (Princeton University Press, 2020) explains how middle-class economic dependence on the state impedes democratization and contributes to authoritarian resilience. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Politics, and Sociological Methods & Research. I am the recipient of the Juan Linz Prize for Best Dissertation and a Best Article Award honorable mention, both by the American Political Science Association's Comparative Democratization Section. Prior to joining the faculty at Cornell, I was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Southern California and a Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford. I have also worked for the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Opinion Research, where I designed and analyzed studies of public opinion in the former Soviet Union. I earned my Ph.D. at Princeton University.