I am a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and a Doctoral Student Affiliate at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. I specialize in comparative politics and legal studies.
I have a master's degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University and a master's in law from the University of Cambridge. I received my LL.B. degree in Law & French from Trinity College Dublin.
Prior to commencing my PhD I worked as a corporate lawyer with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Freshfields' London and Dubai offices, where I primarily focused on international structured finance and international financial restructurings. While working in Dubai I also held an adjunct position at Zayed University, teaching freshman and sophomore courses.
My work has two broad strands - legal reform and business and human rights. I intend to carry out research in why and how civil law countries adopt common law procedures, and how this affects (or not) the consolidation of the rule of law and whether it relates to increases in levels of democracy. The second broad area of interest is in business and human rights and the adoption of the UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. I am interested in the role that transnational law firms play as norm entrepreneurs in developing a baseline understanding of the obligations of businesses to respect human rights across jurisdictions.
- Civil Society
- Economic Growth/Development
- Human Rights
- Political Behavior
- Political Economy
- Political Parties/Party Systems
- Public Policy
- Rule of Law
- Social Movements
- Social Networks
- Transitional Justice