I am a PhD Candidate in the Government Department at Harvard University and a Graduate Student Associate of the Center for European Studies, Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the Davis Center. You can find more information on my background in my CV.
My research focuses on the relationships between social movements, the public, and the institutions and agents of the state. My work so far has explored for example, whether adoption of extreme tactics by protesters increases public support for government negotiations with the movement; whether government repression of protesters increases support for the movement; and how regime insiders use outsider tactics such as protest to strengthen or maintain their power. My research has appeared in Comparative Political Studies, Journal of Experimental Political Science, and Perspectives on Europe.
My book-length dissertation project, titled "Power of Movements in the Halls of Power: Electoral Advantages of Contentious Origins," connects the fields of contentious and electoral politics by exploring the political capital of social movement actors and the conditions under which it can be employed, preserved, and lost. Using a mixed-methods approach, I argue that movement roots can provide activists with a reputational advantage, increasing their chances of winning political office. This advantage is particularly useful in times of uncertainty and party system fluidity but its breadth of appeal depends on the ideological (partisan or universal) character of the movement. This is because activism credibly signals good character and potential for authentic representation -- being close to and one of the people -- but can also serve as a cue of an ideological position. In the project, I focus on the cases of Poland and Spain at two moments of political crises, which created a window of opportunity for the entrance of activists into politics and closer ties between movements and parties: democratization and the re-negotiation of the post-transition social contract in the current populist moment. I draw on a wide range of new qualitative and quantitative data from Poland and Spain, including two survey experiments, original datasets on biographical information and electoral outcomes of political candidates, and field research conducted in both countries.
Prior to attending Harvard, I graduated summa cum laude from Washington and Lee University with a B.A. in Global Politics and German.