I am a Ph.D. candidate in comparative politics in the Travers Department of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley.  I am also pursuing Berkeley’s interdisciplinary designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies. My main research interests are on democracy and democratic institutions, urban and subnational politics, European multi-level governance and the European Union, post-Socialism, administrative capacity, and Central Europe. My dissertation work focuses on post-Socialist Central European political development and its relationship to multilevel governance. I especially focus on the impacts of post-Socialist transition on local politics and democratic backsliding in East Germany, Poland, and Hungary. Additionally, I focus on oversight at the European Parliament. I take a mixed methods approach to research, using original quantitative and text datasets as well as data collected in fieldwork in Brussels and in Germany.

At Berkeley, I founded the European Politics Working Group in the Institute for European Studies and am affiliated with the Berkeley Program in Eurasian and East European Studies at the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies. My research has been supported by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. Prior to enrolling at Berkeley, I completed a Master’s Degree in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University in Budapest and a Master’s of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. I did my undergraduate degree in history at the University of Tulsa.