I am a Junior Research Fellow at the
Carlos III – Juan March Institute specializing in international relations and political methodology. I earned a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College in 2011. I earned my Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University in 2017.
My research interests include domestic politics and international conflict, states of emergency in democracies, uncertainty in the international economy, and statistical methodology. I have collected original data on emergency provisions, examining 147 state constitutions, over 500 amendments, and numerous legislative acts in democratic states from 1816 to the present. Using this novel dataset of emergency provisions within democracies, I test the relationship between emergency power strength and both conflict propensity and terrorist violence by exploiting the specificity of the state’s constitution as a plausibly exogenous determinant of emergency power strength in an instrumental variable analysis. An unforeseen consequence of allowing democratic leaders enhanced power to navigate external conflicts is an increased propensity for conflict, and that institutional rules designed to preserve the democratic order may in fact undermine it. My work has most recently been accepted for publication in the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the Journal of Peace Research, and International Interactions.
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