Beginning Fall 2023, I will be an Assistant Professor of Government & Politics with a joint appointment at the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland.
I study the politics of authoritarian regimes, specifically the legal and judicial instruments of power. My new book Undue Process (Cambridge University Press, Studies in Law and Society Series) examines these themes in the context of postcolonial Africa. It won the 2023 Theodore J. Lowri First Book Award and the 2023 Giovanni Sartori Book Award.
In other works, I examine the challenges of promoting access to equitable justice and the legacies of autocratic rule. As co-founder and co-director of the Digital Inclusion and Governance Lab, I draw on a variety of digital tools and data to analyze the political economy of development in the Global South.
My research has been published in the American Political Science Review, World Politics, Cambridge University Press, and Oxford University Press. I have received research support from the National Science Foundation, the Institute of International Studies, and the Global Research Institute. I am also a research affiliate of the Centre on Law and Social Transformations at the University of Bergen.
I earned my PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley and my BA in Economics from Vassar College. I was previously an Assistant Professor of Government at William & Mary where I also served as a faculty affiliate of the Global Research Institute and the Data Science program. I was also a Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan.