I use a range of methodological approaches, from time-series statistical analyses to historical comparative case studies to explore topics at the intersections of Comparative Politics and Public Policy, including human rights, comparative welfare states, comparative institutions and comparative public policy. My interest in comparative politics extends to research comparing institutions, behaviors, and policy making in the American states. Much of my work focuses on “third wave” or “new” human rights contestations.

Works Under Review

“When Can We Say ‘I Do’?: Evaluating the Role of the Welfare State in Minority Rights Policy Outputs.”

“Governed by Experience: Political Careers and Party Loyalty in the U.S. Senate, 1983- 2012” (with Alex Keena).

Works in Progress

“International Political Economy, Emerging Welfare States and Minority Rights: Same-Sex Relationship Recognition Patterns in Latin America.”

“Austerity and Minority Rights: Explaining the Implementation Patterns of Non-discrimination Protections in the European Union.”

“Refugees, Asylum Determination, and the European Welfare States” (with Patricia Rodda).

“Same-Sex, Differential Diffusion: The Role of Federalism and Supranational Governance in LGB Family Law Patterns in the United States and Europe.”

“Where There’s Smoke There’s Vapor?: Policy Winnowing and the Diffusion of Electronic Cigarette Legislation in the American States” (with Graeme Boushey).