I am currently an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Ph.D., University of Michigan 2006). Prior to beginning my Ph.D., I worked for several years as a reporter (Warsaw Business Journal, Poland) and U.S. diplomat (US Embassies Warsaw and Tashkent), and I have maintained a research agenda focused on questions pertinent to U.S. policy.
I specialize in various aspects of democratization, from human rights and transitional justice to global civil society and social movements. My two books include The Costs of Justice (University of Notre Dame Press 2010) and Social Movements and the New State: The Fate of Pro-Democracy Organizations When Democracy is Won (Stanford University Press 2012). My articles have appeared in journals including European Journal of International Relations, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Human Rights, International Studies Review, Government and Opposition, Slavic Review, Europe-Asia Studies, Democratization, Human Rights Review, World Affairs, Problems of Post-Communism, Central Asian Survey and Journal of Central Asian Studies.
My newest book project, which connects studies of social movements and human rights, investigates emerging global pressures to expand the legal definition of refugees in light of the direct and indirect effects of climate change.