I am an Assistant Professor (Associate beginning August 1, 2019) of Political Science and Public Policy in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics.
My primary research focuses on the politics of transparency and accountability reforms around the world. My work on access to information laws has investigated the successes and failures of institutional reforms, both across countries and at state and local levels in Mexico and South Africa. I am now working to apply computational social science tools to administrative records of citizen-government interactions, in order to better understand the ways in which citizens demand information from their governments, and use that information to pursue accountability. I am also working on the global and domestic politics of movements for transparency and open government, through institutions such as the Open Government Partnership.
In other research, I have also studied the governance of global supply chains, including several articles and a book on labor standards, and several articles studying the global spread of environmental and corporate social responsibility initiatives, and assessing their potential impact. I am also engaged in several new projects using quantitative text analysis to better understand the politics of international human rights monitoring, and institutional changes in new democracies.
I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2012, and subsequently was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin. From 2013 to 2015 I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota, and from 2015 to 2017 I was an Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. My research has appeared in journals including the American Political Science Review, The Journal of Politics, International Studies Quarterly, Governance, Policy Studies Journal, and World Development.