About Me


I am a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of Minnesota. I am a current Research Fellow at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative at Harvard University and past Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. I was awarded the National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant to support dissertation fieldwork in Colombia. 


My research and teaching interests are interdisciplinary and global, with a focus on human rights and transitional justice; peace and conflict; international norms, institutions and governance; policy diffusion; and research methods.  I have advanced proficiency in quantitative, qualitative, survey and experimental methods. My research agenda generally focuses on human rights in transitional societies. I am specifically interested in (1) the causes and consequences of different approaches to transitional justice; (2) factors influencing legal mobilization for human rights; and (3) explaining and evaluating state responses to political violence. 


My dissertation research is supported by the University of Minnesota’s Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship, Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship and various grants from the Human Rights Program and the Department of Political Science; Fellowships from Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; the Charles Koch Foundation’s Dissertation Grant; and the National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. 


I hold a Master of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota; and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University.


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