I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of Notre Dame. I specialize in comparative politics with a focus on comparative judicial politics. My dissertation research examines the conditions under which effective judicial prosecution of political corruption and organized crime occurs, specifically focusing on the prosecution of Italian political corruption. In addition, my research focuses on the interaction between party systems and judicial politics. Outside of the European context, my research also explores the effect of interest group litigation on the U.S. Supreme Court decision-making process.

Thematic Interests

My research interests include the study of courts and judicial behavior, the study of corruption and the relationship between organized crime and politics. My regional expertise is in Western Europe, so my research interests also include a focus on party politics and political institutions in Western European countries.


Upcoming Events


February 20
Pope Francis’s Vision of International Politics and Diplomacy
Jodok Troy
February 20
Reading Group on Lying and Truthfulness - Feb 20 Meeting
Working Groups, Reading Group on Lying and Truthfulness


February 21
Lynching and the Politics of State Formation in POst-Revolutionary Puebla (1930-1950)
Working Groups, Peace, Conflict, Crime & Violence Workshop
Gema Santamaría


February 22
The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed Bishop Gerardi?
Francisco Goldman


February 23 to February 24
2018 Human Development Conference
Conferences/Workshops, Undergraduate Programs
Abigail Midlige, Tommy Emmet