Hello, and thanks for visiting my website. I am a Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Iowa State University. I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research interests focus on ethnic and distributive politics with a particular emphasis on the post-Soviet states. Employing both qualitative and quantitative methods, I analyze the path dependent effects of Soviet formal and informal institutions and practices. I am committed to fieldwork as a foundational element of my research process, and have spent considerable time in Central Asia, the South Caucasus, and Ukraine.