My research is situated primarily in comparative politics with East Asia as my primary area focus. I am interested in the ways that people influence politics and policy outside of formal political institutions. As such, much of my research examines civil society behavior and contentious politics, including social movements and terrorism. Additionally, I explore government repression of protest events.

  • My dissertation addresses the role of framing and frame resonance in mobilizing opposition to the US’ overseas military presence in Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines.

I consider myself to be a mixed-methods researcher as my research incorporates quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods designs, although I lean towards qualitative research. I specialize in spatial analysis and have several working papers which incorporate spatial analytical techniques and build on the current literature.

I am interested in pedagogy and making political science more accessible to students through the use of games and simulations.