I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia's School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. Previously, I held the Buchanan Postdoctoral Fellow in Canadian Democracy in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s University and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University (NYU).
My academic research examines democratic institutions in theory and practice. My first book manuscript, Mass Legislation, 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 at the intersection of democratic theory, Canadian politics, and public policy. My published work addresses disinformation and public deliberation, election debates in Canada, foreign interference in elections, self-governance of common-pool resources, and citizen participation in policymaking. 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 experience teaching a variety of undergraduate courses in political theory. I am also prepared to teach and develop courses in Canadian politics and public policy, particularly those that address the role of value conflict in policymaking, ethics and leadership, or 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 received my 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 ride my bike.