I am a third year Political Science PhD student at Emory University. My primary research interests are contentious politics, repression, and political violence in authoritarian regimes. Currently I am researching the interaction between states and dissident groups to explain tactical choice, using a rational choice bargaining framework. I am also interested in the role of civilians in the repression of dissent in authoritarian regimes.

Prior to beginning academic work at Emory, I graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a B.S. in Political Science and History. After graduating from TCU, I was a member of the 2013 Teach For America Metro Atlanta Corps. I’ve also volunteered and freelanced for the American Civil Liberties Union and Refugee Services of Texas to connect my research interests with important social issues.