I am an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the University of Binghamton, SUNY. My primary field is Comparative Politics with a focus on comparative political economy and democratization. Determinants and consequences of economic inequality constitute one of my research areas. My minor field is International Relations where my interest lies in international conflict, foreign policy and international political economy. My work has appeared in a number of academic journals, including World Politics, Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Studies and European Political Science Reviews.

My dissertation was awarded the 2011 Juan Linz Prize for Best Dissertation by the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association (APSA). I demonstrated that inequality does not diminish after democratization, and I asked why it is that new democracies cannot generate income equality. I adopted a multi-method technique to test the theory of my dissertation. I used one large-N regression analysis and two paired case studies. The case studies examined two regions in Europe that were democratized during the Third Wave. I used the “most similar system” research design, pairing Turkey and Spain in southern Europe and the Czech Republic and Poland in the postcommunist region.