I am the director of the Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS) and an associate 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 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 also actively involved in the measurement of human rights practices. I am the Co-Founder and Civil & Political Rights Metrics Lead for the Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI), co-director of the archived CIRI Human Rights Data Project, and co-Principal Investigator on the Worker Rights in Law & Practice Data Project (WorkR) and the Sub-National Analysis of Repression Project (SNARP).
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 and below. I try to update regularly, so please visit often!