I am an Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Merced and the International Relations Field Editor for the Journal of Politics. My research and teaching focus primarily on political violence and human rights, particularly on how repressive agents make decisions in the face of domestic and international institutional constraints. My most recent work focuses on the effect of law on police violence in the United States and abroad. I am also interested in international organizations, with a particular focus on legislative procedure in the United Nations.
My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation; published in top journals including the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics; and referenced in media outlets including the Washington Post and Discovery News. My book, Contentious Compliance: Dissent and Repression Under International Human Rights Law (with Emily Hencken Ritter), was published in 2019 by Oxford University Press.
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