Curriculum Vitae


Associate Professor, Arizona State University, School of Politics and Global Studies, 2022-present

Fellow, Center for Constitutional Design, Sandra Day O'Connor College of LawFaculty Affiliate: Center for the Study of Economic Liberty; Center on the Future of War: Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies

Assistant Professor, Arizona State University, School of Politics and Global Studies, 2017-2022

Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow, University of Oxford, Nuffield College, 2014-2017

Part-time and Visiting Positions

Visiting Fellow, Program on Pluralism and Civic Exchange, Mercatus Center, George Mason University, Arlington, VA, Summer 2021-2022.

Visiting Fellow, School of Politics and International Relations, Australian National University, Canberra, Summer 2018

Visiting Researcher, German Institute for Global and Area Studies, Berlin, Summer 2017

College Lecturer, Worcester College, University of Oxford, 2015-2017


Ph.D. (2014), Political Science, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

M.S. (2013), Applied Economics, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

M.A. (2007), International Relations, Freie Universität Berlin

B.A. (Hons.) (2004), Political Science & German, Victoria University of Wellington

Visiting Student

Universiti Utara Malaysia, Sintok, Malaysia, Summer 2013

Freie Universität Berlin, 2012-2013

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Winter 2004

Academic Publications


2024. Watching the Watchers: Communist Elites, the Secret Police and Social Order in Cold War Europe. New York: Cambridge University Press. Read the Introduction free here.

2019. Food and Power: Regime Type, Agricultural Policy and Political Stability. New York: Cambridge University Press. Replication data available here.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Forthcoming. "The Bureaucratic Politics of Authoritarian Repression: Intra-Agency Reform and Surveillance Capacity in Communist Poland." Political Science Research and Methods. Replication data available here.

2023. "Urban Social Disorder 3.0: A Global, City-Level Event Dataset of Political Mobilization and Disorder" (with Henrik Urdal, Karim Bahgat and Halvard Buhaug). Journal of Peace Research 60(3): 521-531. Related dataset and codebook available here.

2022. "Authoritarian Repression and Electoral Opposition: Mobilizing Under Germany's Antisocialist Law." Comparative Politics 54(4): 621-643. Replication data available here.

2021. "Lord, Peasant... and Tractor? Agricultural Mechanization, Moore's Thesis, and the Emergence of Democracy" (with David Samuels). Perspectives on Politics 19(3): 739-753. Replication data available here.

2021. "Agricultural Mechanization, Moore's Thesis and Landed Elites' Attitudes Towards Democracy in Asia'' (with David Samuels). Taiwan Journal of Democracy 17(1): 1-20.

2021. "Group Organization, Elections and Urban Social Disorder in the Developing World" (with Henrik Urdal, Halvard Buhaug and Elisabeth Rosvold). Democratization 28 (8): 1525-1534. Replication data available here.

2019. "Conflict Termination, Signals of State Weakness and Violent Urban Social Disorder in the Developing World." Third World Thematics 4(2-3): 94-113.

2018. "Grievances, Mobilization and Mass Opposition to Authoritarian Regimes: A Subnational Analysis of East Germany's 1953 Abbreviated Revolution." Comparative Political Studies 51(12): 1594-1627. Replication data available here.

2017. "Food and Power: Agricultural Policy under Democracy and Dictatorship." Comparative Politics 49(2): 273-293.

2017. "Repression, Redistribution and the Problem of Authoritarian Control: Responses to the 17 June Uprising in Socialist East Germany." East European Politics and Societies 31(1): 68-92.

2016. "Rural Grievances, Landholding Inequality, and Civil Conflict." International Studies Quarterly 60(3): 511-519.

2015. "Landholding Inequality, Political Strategy, and Authoritarian Repression: Structure and Agency in Bismarck's 'Second Founding' of the German Empire." Studies in Comparative International Development 50(1): 73-97.

Chapters in Edited Volumes

2022. "Globalization's Nationalist Future: Migration, Citizenship and the Pandemic." Trevor M. Shelley and Carol McNamara (Eds.), Citizenship and Civic Leadership in America. Lanham, MD: Lexington Press.

2020. "The Authoritarian Governor's Dilemma: Controlling the Secret Police in Socialist Poland and East Germany." Kenneth W. Abbott, Philipp Genschel, Duncan Snidal and Bernhard Zangl (Eds.), The Governor's Dilemma: Indirect Governance Beyond Principals and Agents. New York: Oxford University Press.

2013. "Universal, Unequal Suffrage: Authoritarian Vote-Seat Malapportionment in the 1907 Austrian Electoral Reform." Marija Wakounig and Markus P. Beham (Eds.), Transgressing Boundaries: Humanities in Flux. Vienna: LIT Verlag.