I am an assistant professor of comparative politics in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. I received my MA (2009) and PhD (2012) in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and my BA in economics and government from Cornell University (2003). My current research focuses on the politics of electoral reform, the causes and consequences of federalism and decentralization, and the effects of political institutions on female political representation in Latin America and Southeast Asia. My research and teaching interests broadly include comparative political institutions, democratization, political parties and electoral systems, federalism and decentralization, and gender and politics. I currently teach courses on comparative politics, democratization, gender, and the politics of China.
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I conducted eighteen months of in-depth fieldwork in Indonesia and served as a parties and elections consultant with the National Democratic Institute in Jakarta. My book, Electoral Reform and the Fate of New Democracies (forthcoming with University of Michigan Press), focuses on the relationship between electoral reform and democratic consolidation with a specific interest in the Indonesian context. I am a co-author of Measuring Regional Authority (Oxford University Press 2016) and the Regional Authority Index (RAI), an index of subnational authority in 80 countries from 1950-2010. My work has been published in Gender & Society, Governance, Journal of East Asian StudiesJournal of Politics, Journal of Politics in Latin America, Electoral Studies, and Political Research Quarterly.

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Recent and forthcoming publications

"Legislative Gender Diversity and the Resolution of Civil Conflict" (forthcoming) Political Research Quarterly, with Rebecca H. Best and Reed M. Wood
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"Gendered Opportunities and Constraints: How Executive Sex and Approval Influence Executive Decree Issuance" (2018) Political Research Quarterly, with Alissandra T. Stoyan.
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"Linguistic Origins of Gender Equality and Women's Rights" (2018) Gender & Society, with Amy H. Liu, Lindsay Vance, and Zsombor Csata.
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"Governing Well After War: How Improving Female Representation Prolongs Post-Conflict Peace" (2017) Journal of Politics, with Reed M. Wood
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"Constraining Executive Action: Formal and Informal Legislative Strength in Latin America" (2017) Governance, with Alissandra T. Stoyan
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"The Causes and Effects of the Local Government Code in the Philippines: Locked in a Status Quo of Weakly-decentralized Authority?" (2016) Journal of Southeast Asian Economies 33(2): 157-171.
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Measuring Regional Authority: A Postfunctionalist Theory of Multilevel Governance Volume I (2016), with Liesbet Hooghe, Gary Marks, Arjan H. Schakel, Sandra Chapman Osterkatz and Sara Niedzwiecki. Oxford University Press.
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