I am an associate professor in the political science department at the University of Rochester. My work lies at the intersection of comparative politics, international relations, and applied formal theory. My projects broadly encompass the strategic and historical origins of authoritarian/democratic political institutions, and their consequences for regime stability and conflict. Specifically, I study power sharing in authoritarian regimes and consequences for conflict, colonial origins of democracy and dictatorship, democratic backsliding, and the resource curse. My work uses a mixture of applied game theory and original data collection/analysis. Recent publications appear or are forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Quarterly Journal of Political Science, and World Politics. I teach courses on authoritarian politics, democratization, applied game theory, and the senior honors seminar.