As of August 2013, I'm an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University. 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 particular, I'm interested in how coups and competitive elections relate to democratization and the role that autocratic elections play in policy choice.
“Elections, Information, and Policy Responsiveness in Autocratic Regimes.” Forthcoming. Comparative Political Studies. PDF
“Democratic Pieces: Autocratic Elections and Democratic Development since 1815.” Forthcoming. British Journal of Political Science. PDF
“Public Opinion towards Democracy: Citizens in Transitional Regimes,” with Juliet Pietsch and Jeffrey Karp. Forthcoming. Journal of Elections, Public Opinion & Parties.
“A Complete Data Set of Political Regimes, 1800-2007,” with Carles Boix and Sebastian Rosato. 2013. Comparative Political Studies 46(12): 1523-54. PDF
“Electoral Authoritarianism and Democracy: A Formal
Model of Regime Transitions.” 2013. Journal of
Theoretical Politics 25(2): 153-81. PDF
“For the Win! The Effect of Professional Sports Records on Mayoral Elections.” 2013. Social Science Quarterly 94(1): 59-78. PDF
“Economic Development, Violent Leader Removal, and Democratization.” 2012. American Journal of Political Science 56(4): 1002-20. PDF
“The Patron's Dilemma: The Dynamics of Foreign-Supported Democratization,” with Michael K. McKoy. 2012. Journal of Conflict Resolution 56(5): 904-32. PDF
“Citizen Forecasts of the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election,” with Guanchun Wang,
Sanjeev R. Kulkarni, H. Vincent Poor, and Daniel Osherson. 2012. Politics & Policy 40(6): 1019-52. PDF
“Seizing the Mantle of Change: Modeling Candidate Quality as Effectiveness Instead of Valence.” 2011. Journal of Theoretical Politics 23(1): 52-68. PDF
“Methods for Distance-Based Judgment Aggregation,” with Daniel Osherson. 2009. Social Choice and Welfare 32(4): 575-601. PDF
“Social Choice Theory Without Pareto: The Pivotal Voter Approach.” 2009. Mathematical Social Sciences 58(2): 251-5. PDF
“Judgment Aggregation and Subjective Decision-Making.” 2008. Economics and Philosophy 24(2): 205-31. PDF
Papers in Physical Sciences
“Electoral Authoritarianism and Human Development.” Revise and resubmit, Comparative Political Studies. PDF
“Democracy by Example? Why Democracy Spreads When the World's Democracies Prosper.” Revise and resubmit, Foreign Policy Analysis. PDF
“The Uses and Abuses of Matching.” Under review. PDF
Book on Coups, Elections, and Democratization, 1800-2010
“The Origins of Electoral Authoritarianism and Democracy.” Link
“Elections and Elite Violence on the Road to Democratization, 1800-2010.”
“Coups and Democratization in the Shadow of Popular Revolt.”
“Migration Policy and Autocratic Survival,” with Margaret E. Peters.
“Powersharing and Democratic Development,” with Benjamin Graham and Kaare Strøm.
“The More Things Change: An Overlooked Problem with Fixed Effects.”
“Are Coups Really Contagious?” with Michael Joseph and Dorothy Ohl.
“Prospect Theory, Moral Psychology, and Political Theory.”