I am a Ph.D. candidate (on the job market in fall 2018) in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, specializing in comparative politics, law and society, and political sociology, with a region focus on the European Union (EU). 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 research analyzes how judges and lawyers promote institutional change within and across national borders, particularly in Europe. To this end, I integrate extended fieldwork and archival evidence with geospatial and econometric techniques. 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) - explains how national lawyers sparked a transnational process of 'judicialization' in Europe, and compares why their efforts succeeded in some contexts rather than others. 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).