About Me

My main research and teaching areas are comparative politics and quantitative methodology. In comparative politics, my research interests focus on the politics of authoritarian regimes, in particular mass media, public opinion, information control, and the internal dynamics of autocracies. In quantitative methodology, I'm interested in research design and causal inference in experiments and observational studies.

My current research, conducted jointly with various co-authors, addresses topics such as censorship and regime propaganda in Russia, the prosecution of Nazi war criminals in post-war Germany, and the career outcomes of judges in the Third Reich. My empirical research has an explicit focus on causality and uses either field experiments or carefully designed observational studies to draw robust causal inferences.

With Charles Crabtree, I have organized conferences-within-a-conference on the Politics of Authoritarian Regimes: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016.

I also organize the Virtual Workshop on Authoritarian Regimes (VWAR) with Quintin Beazer.

Here's some more information about my background and research: