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I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at The Pennsylvania State University. I received my Ph.D. in 2004 from New York University. I also studied at Sciences Po (l’Institut d’études politiques de Paris) and the University of Chicago.

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I study political institutions, with a particular interest in coalition formation. My early research and first book, The Logic of Pre-Electoral Coalition Formation, examines the determinants and consequences of electoral alliances in parliamentary democracies. I am currently working on a book project that draws together some more recent work on the post-election government formation process in Europe, as well as a book on multi-level elections.

I’ve also published a textbook with a couple of colleagues, Principles of Comparative Politics. Much of my work focuses on advanced industrialized democracies but my graduate students are working hard on broadening my knowledge to other areas.

In addition to being a co-editor for the British Journal of Political Science, an associate editor for Research & Politics, and serving on the editorial boards for  Comparative Political Studies and Political Science Research and Methods, I have also been involved in the women in methods group – I was the organizer and host for the 4th Annual Visions in Methodology (VIM) Conference, serve as a VIM mentor for female graduate students and junior faculty, and served as a member of the diversity committee for APSA’s Political Methodology Section. My research has been funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Research Council through my participation in the Making Electoral Democracy Work project, and I have also benefited from time spent at the University of Mannheim with the Political Economy of Reforms project.