I am currently a Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Hochschule für Politik/ TUM School of Governance at the Technical University of Munich.  I received my Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in March 2019. 

My research or writing has been published in European Union PoliticsPublic AdministrationRisk & Regulationthe Review of European and Russian Affairs, the WZB Mitteilungen and Social Europe. Earlier collaborative work on political negotiations was published in a collected volume by the Brookings Institution Press.

I have been a Visiting Research Fellow at the WZB Social Science Center in Berlin, the Max Planck Sciences Po Center on Coping with Instability in Market Societies in Paris, the Center for European Policy Studies in Brussels, and the Institute of European Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Before beginning my doctoral studies, I worked four years as an advocate for campaign finance reform in the state of North Carolina, helping lead a successful campaign to establish one of the nation's first campaign public financing programs for elected regulatory offices.

I also completed an internship at the European Parliament and served as a short-term election observer in Russia, Belarus, Moldova, and the Republic of Georgia for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Photo Credit: Astrid Duenkelmann, MPIfG


2012 - 2019

PhD in Government.

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Harvard University

2010 - 2012

Master in Public Policy

John F. Kennedy School of Government

Harvard University


BA in Public Policy Analysis & African Studies

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Awards, Scholarships and Grants

  • Class Teacher Award (Highly Commended), London School of Economics (2019).

  • Distinction in Teaching Award, Derek Bok Center, Harvard University (2017).

  • WZB-Harvard Merit Scholarship, WZB Social Science Center (2017).

  • Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy Fellowship, Harvard University (2016).

  • Krupp Foundation Graduate Dissertation Research Fellowship, Center for European Studies (2015).

  • Tobin Center Graduate Fellowship, Program on Democracy & Markets (2014-2015).

  • Finalist for Best PAE Award, Harvard Kennedy School (2012).

  • Citizen Award, Independent Weekly (2009).