I am a Ph.D. candidate (on the job market in fall 2018) in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, where I am a 2018-2019 Graduate Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), as well as a Graduate Associate in the Program in Law and Public Affairs (LAPA) and the European Union (EU) Program. At Princeton, I also served as the editorial assistant at World Politics and as the founder/coordinator of the Department of Politics' Qualitative Research Seminar.
My current research probes the ways that judges and lawyers reconfigure social and political relations - by constructing transnational polities, transforming local practices, and brokering fields of knowledge - across time and space, particularly in the European Union. Specifically, my collaborative work and dissertation - the latter funded by the National Science Foundation's Law and Social Sciences Program, the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS) - seek to understand why European Union (EU) law becomes socially embedded and invoked to promote change in some local communities and not others. In this comparative research agenda, I leverage qualitative interviewing, comparative historical analysis, geographic information systems (GIS) technology, statistical analysis, and process-tracing methods. More broadly, I am also interested in the politics of European integration, the sociology of law, the comparative analysis of courts, the legal profession and the politics of knowledge, historical institutionalism in comparative political research, and qualitative methodology. At Princeton, I have served as teaching assistant for courses in comparative politics, judicial politics, and qualitative methods.
My work has been published or is forthcoming in World Politics, Law & Society Review, the Journal of Law and Courts, the Journal of European Public Policy, Constitutional Studies, an edited volume on case study research and in Italian law reviews. I hold an M.A. degree in Politics from Princeton University (2015), an M.A. degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago (2012), and a B.A. degree in public policy from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (2010).