Assistant Professor of Political Science


The course of

(professional) life.


Click here for a complete pdf version of my curriculum vitae, updated December 2017. 

Below is an abbreviated version of this document. See also my Google Scholar page.


International human rights law, institutions and practices; domestic political violence; international governance and judicial institutions; institutional solutions to bargaining and cooperation problems; challenges of using observational data for inferences over strategic processes.


University of California, Merced
Assistant Professor of Political Science, School of Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts.
Merced, California, July 2013 to present.

University of Alabama
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, August 2010 to May 2013.


Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia.
Ph.D., Department of Political Science, August 2010. Dissertation: Conflict Processes and Courts: Repression, Dissent, and the Role of Domestic and International Legal Institutions
Committee: Clifford J. Carrubba, David R. Davis, Jennifer Gandhi, and Jeffrey K. Staton.
Master of Arts, Political Science, May 2009.
Qualifying exams in international conflict and security, international political economy, and methods (game theory and quantitative methods).

Webster University, Saint Louis, Missouri.
Bachelor of Arts degrees in International Relations and Religious Studies, minor in Spanish, interdisciplinary certificate in International Human Rights, certificate in student leadership, May 2004. 
Summa Cum Laude; Honors in International Relations and Religious Studies.


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Member of the editorial board for the Journal of Theoretical Politics

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)

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


2017 Outstanding Alumna Award from the College of Arts and Sciences of Webster University

2016 Early Career Award from the Women's Caucus of the Midwest Political Science Association

Bruce Russett Award for the Best Article published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution in 2014

2012 Best Paper in International Relations presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Meeting

Science is more than a body of knowledge. It is a way of thinking;
a way of skeptically interrogating the universe with a fine understanding of human fallibility.
— Carl Sagan, 1996