Originally from Port Jefferson, NY, I received my B.A. in Political Science from Wheeling Jesuit University (2006) and my M.A. in Social and Public Policy from Duquesne University (2011). I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at FIU, specializing in Comparative Politics with a focus on state-society relations in Southeast Asia. My dissertation examines how authoritarian regimes manage threats to their power emanating from organized religion. Specifically, I explore the means by which particular authoritarian regimes either “coopt” or “coerce” religious groups within their borders. In pursuit of this project, I have been awarded the Silas Palmer Research Fellowship from Stanford University (2017-18). In addition to my current dissertation research, I have taught Introduction to Comparative Politics at FIU and look forward to teaching a variety of Comparative Politics courses in the future.