About Me

I am the Buchanan Postdoctoral Fellow in Canadian Democracy in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University. Before coming to Queen’s, I held a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University (NYU) and was a research associate at the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) School of Public Policy and Global Affairs.

My academic research examines democratic institutions in theory and practice. I am currently completing a book project entitled Mass Legislation that develops a normative theory to guide the design and evaluation of popular vote processes (i.e. referendums and ballot initiatives). I am also interested in an array of other topics in democratic theory, including common-pool resources, disinformation, and election debates. You can find my Google Scholar page here.

As a teacher, I am deeply committed to helping my students learn the substantive material and develop relevant skills. I have extensive teaching experience and I am prepared to teach a variety of courses in political theory, as well as courses in Canadian politics or comparative politics, particularly those that focus on democratic institutions.

I believe strongly in translating academic research for a variety of audiences through policy reports, blog posts, op-eds, and my teaching. Examples of this work can be found here.

I completed my PhD and MA in the Department of Political Science at UBC. I also hold a B.Soc.Sc from the University of Ottawa. Previously, I held several policy analysis positions, both in the public service and the private sector, where I focused primarily on anti-money laundering policy and regulation.

In my spare time, I like to cook, play guitar, travel, and go for bike rides.