Welcome! I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of Florida. Before coming to UF, I was an assistant professor at Texas A&M University-Commerce and a visiting assistant professor at Bryn Mawr College. I received my PhD in political science from the State University of New York at Binghamton. 

My research interests are in international and comparative political economy, human rights (including labor rights), and international institutions. I am particularly interested in 1) how economic and political conditions on both international and domestic levels jointly shape national laws and practices regarding human rights, 2) how these policy choices interact with policy decisions in other issue areas, and 3) the formation, evolution, and effectiveness of institutions governing foreign investment and trade. I am also interested in the determinants and effects of Chinese economic statecraft. I am currently working on a project that investigates the human rights effect of Chinese foreign aid in Africa. Last, my other research explores the political logic and consequences of legal changes in transitioning China. 

My research work is forthcoming or has appeared in, among others, Political Research Quarterly, Political Studies, New Political Economy, Social Science Quarterly, the Journal of Human Rights, the Review of Law and Economics, and China: An International Journal. Additionally, several working papers of mine are either currently under review or in preparation for submission soon.