Assistant Professor of Political Science
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About Me

I am an assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Merced. I received my PhD in political science at Emory University in 2010. Before joining the faculty at UC Merced, I was an assistant professor at the University of Alabama for three years.

My research centers on the effects of international legal institutions on the strategic relationship between government repression and dissent activities, with particular attention to the methodological implications for causal inference that stem from strategic conflict behavior. Different projects contribute to scholarship on international human rights institutions, law, and practice; domestic conflict between national governments and groups from the population; international governance and legal institutions; institutional solutions to bargaining and cooperation problems, and political methodology. Game theory and quantitative statistical analysis are the primary methods I use to approach inference.

I have published articles in the American Political Science Review, the Journal of Politics, the Journal of Peace Research, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly, the Review of International Organizations, and the Journal of Theoretical Politics. My first book, co-authored with Courtenay R. Conrad, is currently under review.  

 
 

My Social Scientific Community


Recent Activity

Awarded a grant to fund research in AY 2017-2018 on the Life Cycle of International Institutions from the Hellman Fellows Fund

Recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award from Webster University's College of Arts & Sciences

Blog post on mental illness and the academic community for the Duck of Minerva blog

Blog post on the Trump administration's proposed "moratorium" on international treaties for the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog

Research presentation in the MacMillan International Relations Seminar Series at Yale University, February 2017

Research presentation in the Global Politics Seminar (GPS) at the University of Pittsburgh, January 2017

Blog post on possible repression and dissent under the incoming Trump administration for the LSE APP blog

Research presentation in the International Relations Workshop at Stanford University, November 2016


POSITIONS IN THE DISCIPLINE

Mentoring Faculty in Residence for the 2017 EITM Summer Institute at the University of California, Berkeley

Conflict Processes Program Co-Chair for the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association

Coordinator of Online Speaker Series for the Peace Science Society (International)

Conference Selection Committee Member for Visions in Methodology

Chair of the Early Career Award Committee, Women's Caucus of the Midwest Political Science Association, 2016-2017

Co-Host of the 2016 Visions in Methodology Conference


 


COMMUNITIES

Visions in Methodology
Organization to help women advance in the field of political methodology

Peace Science Society (International)
Professional organization for scholars of peace and conflict

Women in Conflict Studies
Network of women studying peace and conflict

Conflict Processes Section
American Political Science Association

Journeys in World Politics
Workshop to assist female political scientists matriculate, land tenure-track jobs, and achieve tenure in the field of international relations

 
 

 
 
Science can only ascertain what is,
but not what should be,
and outside of its domain
value judgements of all kinds remain necessary.
— Albert Einstein, Out of My Later Years, 1936