Curriculum Vitae


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

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-Fall 2021

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


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

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

"Authoritarian Repression and Electoral Opposition: Mobilizing Under Germany's Antisocialist Law." Comparative Politics. Forthcoming.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

"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, forthcoming.

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.