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I am a professorial lecturer in the Department of Politics, Governance, and Economics in the School of International Service at American University, Washington D.C., where I teach courses in comparative politics, gender and politics, European politics, and research methods. I am also an affiliate faculty member in the Transatlantic Policy Center and I lead the Gender and Sexuality Research Initiative at American University


I earned my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Florida (2021) with graduate certificates in European studies and gender studies. I have conducted extensive field research in Czechia, Slovakia, and Poland. From 2018-2019, I completed a Fulbright Research Grant while affiliated with the Faculty of Sociology at Masaryk University. I have also been awarded a Rothman Doctoral Fellowship in the Humanities from the University of Florida's Center for the Public Sphere (2018), the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics (2019), and a postdoctoral research grant from the Kosciuszko Foundation (2022).


My research examines the politics of gender in Central Eastern Europe. Specifically, I examine the relationship between feminist social movement actors, conservative actors, and the state in Central Eastern Europe. My research has been published in Communist and Post-Communist Studies and Feminist Review. My current book project examines how gender equality activists frame their messages amid a conservative movement opposed to feminist activism in the region. 

In the News & Writings section of my site you will find my articles on gender and politics published in Ms. Magazine and my commentary on political developments in Central Eastern Europe. 

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