I am an associate professor of political science at the University of Cyprus. I received my Ph.D. from Yale University and was a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh (2008-2018). My book and related article focus on the enforcement of democratic electoral norms: How and why does the international community respond to flawed elections, and how does this influence prospects for democratization and alternation in power? How do the efforts of regional organizations compare to those of the United States and the United Nations? The answers to these questions influence our understanding of how and where international norms are enforced, as well as the credibility of commitments to democracy within international organizations.
In related work on elections, election monitoring and electoral integrity, I examine the unintended consequences of international election monitoring; the conditions under which elections lead to democratization; the effects of electoral manipulation on party system development; and, most recently, the consequences of electoral misconduct for civil conflict.
My work on formal international organizations considers how changes in the global economy are incentivizing the creation of trade agreements among developing countries; as well as how international organizations exercise membership conditionality by screening out countries that pose a high security risk.
My research on human rights examines the European Union’s external agreements to shed light on the economic conditions under which international commitments can reduce repression. More recently, I build upon earlier research on women’s empowerment in majority-Muslim countries to explore the incentives for the advancement of women’s rights in authoritarian regimes. This includes both domestic autocratic institutions and international incentives for women’s rights in dictatorships. This project features a new global dataset on the enactment of national legislation and policies related to women’s rights.
In 2015, I was awarded a Fulbright grant for research in Cyprus (January – July 2015), for a project that employs experimental methods to study how different types of interpersonal contact affect the attitudes that Greek- and Turkish-Cypriots hold about the other. The first article to emerge from this research employs experimental methods to explore the microfoundations of building peace in longstanding frozen conflicts.