Hi! I am a fourth year PhD student in political science at the University of Chicago specializing in comparative politics and political methodology. My dissertation project deals with patterns of reform of law enforcement agencies and their role in authoritarian regime consolidation and democratic backsliding. I am also currently working on a co-authored project that seeks to answer whether some types of transitional justice negatively impact young democracies by inadvertently increasing the levels of organized crime. My other research interests include media, with a particular focus on Russia Today, and collective historical memory. From 2015-2018, I was part of transitional justice and democratic stability lab. My research has been published in Slavic Review, Nationalities Papers, and Russian Analytical Digest and I have also contributed to the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. You can check out my google scholar page here. I am also a captain of an interdisciplinary graduate co-ed soccer team Imperfect In Formation.