Democratic theory and democratization

  • Examining empirical assumptions made by competing branches of democratic theory.

  • Explaining democratic deepening and decay

2017 - 2018

Washington University in St. Louis

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Political Behavior/Public Opinion

  • Analyzing how political institutions, economic factors, and cultural change interact to shape individual attitudes and political choices.

  • Using political psychological concepts (e.g. anxiety, efficacy)

  • Specific topics of interest include regime support, populism, and prejudice.


University of Texas at Austin, 2016

Department of Government

Subfields: Comparative Politics and Methodology

Dissertation title: Beyond the balance sheet: participation, performance, and regime support in Latin America

Committee: Kurt Weyland (Chair), Wendy Hunter, Raul Madrid, Zachary Elkins, Pamela Paxton.


2016 - 2017

Boise State University

Visiting Assistant Professor

Political psychology

  • My work focuses on the role of efficacy and anxiety in play in shaping political ideas and behavior.

Political economy and culture

  • Analyzing how growing economic insecurity has intensified the cultural backlash that animates populist movements in the developed world.

Research methods

  • Employing mixed-methods approaches, utilizing qualitative methods and advanced quantitative techniques.

  • ​Methodological specialties:

    • Experiments

    • Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) 

    • Multilevel models

    • Conceptualization and measurement

Juan Linz Award for Best Dissertation (Honorable Mention)

Comparative Democratization Section, the American Political Science Association

Awards and Honors

Fulbright Student Fellowship

Funding for study in Chile, 2012 - 2013 academic year

Jorge I. Domínguez  Dissertation Award

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies,

Harvard University

2018 - present

Clemson University

Assistant Professor