I am an assistant professor in the Department of International Affairs within the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia. I received my PhD in political science from Binghamton University in 2012.
My work focuses primarily on the determinants of human rights practices, collective dissent, political violence, and economic development. I also have a strong research interest in the international diffusion of local outcomes, as well as the institutions, organizations, and processes that generate such diffusion. I am actively involved in the measurement of human rights practices, as exhibited by my work as co-director of the CIRI Human Rights Data Project, as well as my ongoing work with the Worker Rights in Law & Practice Data Project and the Sub-National Analysis of Repression Project (SNARP). I am also the lead researcher on civil and political rights for the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI). I blog about these subjects and others at The Quantitative Peace.
More detailed information on my research, teaching, and recent activities can be found at the links above. I try to update regularly, so please visit often!