Welcome! I am Assistant Professor of Political Science at Marquette 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 Marquette, 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 in the Department of Political Science.
 
My research and teaching interests include international relations, international organizations and law, human rights, transnational activism, policy diffusion, American foreign policy, research design, and quantitative methods. I am currently working on a book manuscript examining the diffusion and effectiveness of national human rights institutions worldwide, with a mixed-methods research design. I am also working on several article manuscripts and book chapters on the worldwide abolition of the death penalty, human rights international NGOs' 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 in the journal International Organization.