I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia.
My research centers on authoritarian politics and institutions, and game-theoretic approaches to the study of dictatorship. My book project examines how executive constraints become established in dictatorships, formally within state constitutions and informally within presidential cabinets. I also have other work on democratic erosion, leadership succession, ruling parties, electoral authoritarianism, and coup-proofing. I have a regional focus on Sub-Saharan Africa and am interested in finding new and creative ways to collect data on authoritarian institutions.