I'm a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University, where I've taught since 2013. I was previously a faculty member at Australian National University and received my PhD in Politics from Princeton University in September 2011. I have broad research interests across comparative politics, formal and quantitative methodology, and political economy, with a focus on democratization and autocratic elections. In my 2021 book, Shock to the System: Coups, Elections, and War on the Road to Democratization, I argue that democratization typically stems from either violent elite shocks or elections that maintain a significant share of power for the ruling party.
I recently helped start a project called Authoritarian Warning Survey, which involves democracy scholars evaluating threats to American democracy through a survey and rapid reactions to current events. Follow us at our website and at @authwarning.
“The Uses and Abuses of Matching in Political Science.” Under review. PDF
Three-book review essay: “Elections in Hard Places.” 2023. Perspectives on Politics 21(2): 669-73.
“Leaders Shirking Their Nations' Democratic Facades More Brazenly.” 2018. The Hill. Link
“Better Democracy Promotion Through Immigration,” with Margaret E. Peters. 2018. Lawfare. Link
“How the U.S. Can Prepare for a Major Election Hack.” 2018. The Monkey Cage, Washington Post. Link
“Causal Models of Democratization,” with Carles Boix. 2018. Sage Handbook of Political Sociology.
“When Democracies Are Under Attack, It's Time to Rein in Executive Power,” with Benjamin A.T. Graham and Kaare W. Strøm. 2017. The Monkey Cage, Washington Post. Link
“A New Expert Survey Finds Warning Signs for the State of American Democracy.” 2017. The Monkey Cage, Washington Post. Link
Public Opinion and Democracy in Transitional Regimes: A Comparative Perspective, edited with Juliet Pietsch and Jeffrey Karp. 2016. Routledge. Link
“The Surprising Benefits of Autocratic Elections.” 2015. The Monkey Cage, Washington Post. Link
“Freedom's March,” with Carles Boix and Susan Stokes. 2013. Foreign Policy. Link
“Violent Leader Removal and Democratization.” 2011. The Monkey Cage, Washington Post. Link