Hi! I received my Ph.D. from Florida State University. I study non-governmental organizations, the developing world, courts, and authoritarian regimes with a focus in Latin America. Specifically, I’m interested in the role of NGOs as purveyors of aid as well as advocates for improved governance in authoritarian and weakly democratic states. In my work on courts, I am interested in the role that judiciaries play in democratization and democratic breakdown.
Before graduate school, I received a B.A. in International Studies from Juniata College. I also served in a variety of roles with Amigos de las Américas, including Associate Project Director in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.