I received my PhD from the Politics Department at New York University in May 2013. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma. During the 2013-14 academic year I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. In 2012-13, I was a Junior Visiting Fellow at the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School.
The ultimate aim of my work is to identify and understand mechanisms that tangibly improve the lives of people whose rights are violated, whether through measures best applied at the state level or on the ground. My dissertation, “Essays on Human Rights,” consists of three papers on aspects of this general issue. In the first paper I study discrimination against the Roma in Slovenia and Croatia and find that the EU accession process, widely regarded as an exceptionally strong incentive-based mechanism of rights diffusion, does not dramatically reduce discrimination on the ground. Instead, my findings suggest that effective ground level organizing geared towards improving Roma/non-Roma relations helps reduce discrimination. In the second paper I study cross-country diffusion of human rights practices and find that states tend to mimic rights practices of their neighbors, especially when more information on rights abuses is available. In the third paper I compare physical integrity rights violations in failed and stable autocracies and find that in the short term, rights violations are far worse in failed states; while the absence of central authority appears to be the root cause behind this difference, warring factions that develop in light of that absence appear to be immediately responsible. In future work I will develop ways to capture respect for rights on the ground and couple them with more traditional approaches of quantitative analysis of human rights.
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