Welcome! I am a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. I study political theory, with a focus on democratic theory, authoritarian theory, corruption, and institutional mechanisms for eliciting prosocial behavior. My work draws heavily on history, psychology and economics, and I actively engage with empirical literature to generate new theoretical insights. I'm also editorial assistant at the Adam Smith Review.
Prior to entering the PhD program, I worked as Head of Communications at a development think tank and managed a public relations agency. I received my B.A. and J.D. from William and Mary. A recent book project looked at the role of corruption in political decline. I'm currently working on a paper contrasting the assumptions behind modern democracy indices with prevalent conceptions of democracy in classical Greece and Rome My second-year paper analyzed the different ways that political scientists have operationalized the concept of democracy in empirical research.