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Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Florida State University, 2014-

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Political Science, Free University Berlin, 2014-2015

Lecturer, La Follette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013

Pre-Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Political and Social Science, European University Institute, 2011


Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009-14

M.A. in Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2008-09

Visiting Graduate Student in Political Science, Duke University, 2006-07

M.A. in North American Studies, Sociology, Philosophy, Freie Universität Berlin, 2005-08

B.A. in North American Studies, Sociology, Philosophy, Freie Universität Berlin, 2003-05


Resisting Democracy Assistance: Who Seeks and Receives Technical Election Assistance?” 2016. Review of International Organizations 11 (2): 247-282. [pdf]

International Organizations in World Politics,” with Jon Pevehouse. 2016. In The Oxford Handbook of International Organizations, edited by Jacob Katz Cogan, Ian Hurd and Ian Johnstone, chapter 1. [pdf]

“Regional Leaders, Regional Institutions and the Diffusion of Democracy: Prospects for South and East Asia.” In Democratization Around the World: New Insights from South East Asia, Turkey, Kosovo, Taiwan and Ghana, ed. Daniel Stockemer, pp. 71-107. Edwin Mellen Press 2011.

Under Review

“Choosing to Fight: How Democracy Assistance Influences Election Violence.” Book manuscript.

“Sore Losers? International Condemnation and Domestic Incentives for Post-Election Violence.”

“Fraud and Election Violence: Substitute or Complement?” with Michael Wahman.

“Does Election Violence Make Citizens Hate Democracy and Love Autocracy?,” with Patrick Kuhn.

The Punishment Phase: IGO Suspensions to Sanction Political Backsliding,” with Felicity Vabulas.

“Global Governance from Below,” with Clara Portela.

In Progress

“Election Violence Data: Biases and Pitfalls,” with Michael Wahman.

Dangerously Informed: Protestant Missions, Information, and Pre-Electoral Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa,” with Patrick Kuhn.

“Trust Us: Technical Election Assistance and Post-Election Violence.”
* Best Paper Prize of the Comparative Political Institutions Standing Group of the ECPR.

“The Consequences of Membership Suspensions from IOs,” with Felicity Vabulas.

Awards and Fellowships

Peace Dissertation Prize, ISA’s Peace Studies Section and U.S. Institute of Peace, 2015

First Year Assistant Professor Grant, Florida State University, 2016

Bradley Research Grant, Florida State University, 2015

Nominee, APSA Helen Dwight Reid Dissertation Award, APSA Human Rights Dissertation Award, and USIP Peace Dissertation Prize, UW-Madison, 2015

Grant for book manuscript workshop at Free University Berlin, with funds from the German National Science Foundation (DFG), 2015

Research Fellowship, European Union Center of Excellence, UW-Madison, spring 2014

Manatt Democracy Studies Fellowship at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems in D.C.; Applied Research Center for Democracy and Elections, June-August 2011

Summer research funding from the European Union Center of Excellence, 2010; and the Department of Political Science, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013

Graduated magna cum laude, Free University Berlin, 2008

Fellowship for Duke University, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), 2006-2007

Latinum and Graecum. Certified superior language skills in Latin and Ancient Greek, 2002

Travel Grants for conference presentations from the Electoral Integrity Project (Harvard and Sydney University, pre-APSA meeting 2016, 2015, 2013), International Studies Association (ISA 2015, 2013, 2010), European Peace Science (2012), UW–Madison Department of Political Science (2009-2013), UW–Madison Graduate School Vilas (2011), American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy (AGS) in Paris, France (2009)