I am a PhD Candidate in the Government Department at Harvard University and a Graduate Student Associate of the Center for European Studies, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the Davis Center. You can find more information on my background in my CV.
My general research interests include protest organization and tactical choices; political violence and public opinion; and the state-protest movement nexus. I am particularly interested in the relationships between social movements, the public, and the institutions and agents of the state. My research so far has explored for example, whether adoption of extreme tactics by protesters increases public support for government negotiations with the movement; whether government repression of protesters increases support for the movement; and whether voters reward political candidates for activism and involvement in contentious politics. Some of my work has been published in Comparative Political Studies and Perspectives on Europe and is forthcoming at the Journal of Experimental Political Science. My dissertation examines the conditions under which dissident parties - political parties with roots in pro-democracy movements - are able to take advantage of the opportunities created by their origins when competing in post-transition elections.
Prior to attending Harvard, I graduated summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in Global Politics and German.