My research focuses on ethnicity in voting, particularly in the former communist countries of Eastern and Central Europe. In my dissertation and other projects, I look at which ethnic groups are most likely to respond to overt ethnic appeals made by politicians in the period of democratization and democratic consolidation following the collapse of socialism in the 1990’s. I am currently a Doctoral Candidate in Columbia University’s Political Science Department, planning to defend my dissertation at the end of the 2018 calendar year.
Originally from Dayton, Ohio, I earned my B.A. from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University. Before coming to Columbia, I spent two years teaching overseas in both Asia and Eastern Europe, and worked for several years in immigration and nationality law.