Assistant Professor of Political Science




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 under contract to publish with Oxford University Press.


My Social Scientific Community

Recent Activity

Research presentation in the International Relations Workshop at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, January 2018

Updated Game Theory and Politics of Human Rights syllabi on Course page

Contentious Compliance, co-authored with Courtenay Conrad, under contract to publish with Oxford University Press

Hosting Peace Science Pre-Conference Workshop on Formal Models of Internal Violence at Arizona State University, November 2017

Discussant and presenter at Harvard International Security Conference, October 2017

Research presentation in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, October, 2017

Fall schedule for the Online Peace Science Colloquium underway

Book review of How Social Movements Die by Christian Davenport published in Perspectives on Politics


Member of the editorial board for the Journal of Theoretical Politics

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



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