I am a political scientist in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I do research in comparative politics, political economy, and formal political theory.
Most of my research has been in two areas: i) the politics of democratic transitions, survival, and consolidation and ii) the politics of authoritarian regimes. My most recent research consists of both ongoing work on these topics as well as new work on the supply of “political labor” and ethnic politics.
My work on these topics has been published as articles in several political science journals, including the American Journal of Political Science, the American Political Science Review, and the Journal of Politics, and as a book, The Politics of Authoritarian Rule. I have also collected original data on democratic breakdowns as well as leadership changes and the political organization of dictatorships.