I am Assistant Professor of Political Science at Davidson College. I received my PhD in 2013 from the Department of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to coming to Davidson, I was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute and a lecturer at the James Madison University both in Florence, Italy.
Broadly speaking, my research and teaching interests lay in the fields of public opinion, political behavior, European integration, international organizations and post-communist politics. My research examines the causes and consequences of political trust and satisfaction with democracy in Europe. More specifically, I study the effect of the intensity of party competition on citizen evaluations of the democratic process and trust in political institutions. I have also examined the role of media in fueling disenchantment with political institution and the political behavior of dissatisfied citizens, by focusing on their electoral behavior.
More recently I have become interested in how socio-economic status affects support for autocracy and the meaning that people give to democracy. Another strand of my research focuses on measuring and studying the authority of various international organizations (IOs). This work has resulted in a monograph and a co-authored book which was recently published by Oxford University Press. My other works have been published in Comparative Political Studies, European Union Politics, Journal of European Public Policy and Foreign Affairs.
I received my BA from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, playing soccer and racquetball, and learning languages.