Welcome! I am Assistant Professor of Political Science in the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August 2009. Prior to coming to the ANU, I was Hewlett Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University, and taught at the University of Chicago as Lecturer in International Relations and at Marquette University as Assistant Professor of Political Science in the USA.
 
My research and teaching interests include International Relations theory, international law and organizations, human rights, transnational nongovernmental activism, policy diffusion, American foreign policy, mixed-methods research design, and quantitative methods. I am currently working on a book manuscript examining the diffusion and effectiveness of national human rights institutions worldwide. I am also working on several article manuscripts on human rights international nongovernmental organizations' advocacy techniques, the growth of transnational human rights NGO networks, transitional justice,
as well as a collaboration project on the global diffusion of constitutional courts. My research has been published, or is forthcoming, in the journals International Organization and European Journal of International Relations.