Associate Professor of Political Science




About Me

I am an associate professor of political science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. I received my PhD in political science at Emory University in 2010. Before joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, I was an assistant professor at the University of Alabama for three years and then an assistant professor at the University of California, Merced for five 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

Segregation By Design by Jessica Trounstine released, featuring cover art and comic prologue by Darick Ritter

Refugee and Forced Migration Network (ReForm-Net) Workshop at the annual meeting of the Peace Science Society, Austin, TX, November 2018.

Peter Carey successfully defended his dissertation prospectus at UC Merced. Congrats!

Moved to Nashville! July 2018

Lecture at Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models summer training at the University of Michigan, July 6, 2018.

Research presentation for the Political Science Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara, April 2018

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


Lecturer at the EITM Summer Institute at Emory University (2019) and University of Michigan (2018)

Councilor for the Peace Science Society (International)

Councilor for the Conflict Processes Section of the American Political Science Association

Member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Theoretical Politics and Political Research Quarterly

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

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