I am a PhD student in the Department of Political Science and an Affiliate of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. My research focuses on religion and politics, more specifically, the interaction between religious minorities and the state, with a regional focus on Western Europe.

Prior to returning for my Masters I worked for the City of Chicago as Director of Communications for a City Councilman and on campaigns in the Chicagoland area.

I received my B.A. in Medieval Studies and History from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Thematic Interests

My work focuses on civic engagement between transnational religious traditions and states -- with a regional focus on Europe. I focus on how minority religious organizations and communities engage with their local governments to have their religious needs met and to acquire state resources. I am especially interested in sub-national variation of integration of these minority religious communities in Europe.


Upcoming Events


February 23 to February 24
2018 Human Development Conference
Conferences/Workshops, Undergraduate Programs
Abigail Midlige, Tommy Emmet
February 23
The Curious Case of Political Liberalization: A Step to Democratization or an Authoritarian Survival Strategy?
Working Groups, Comparative Politics Workshop
M. Tahir Kilavuz


February 26
Diálogo: Journalism, Violence, and Freedom of Speech in Mexico
Working Groups, Latin American History Working Group, Mexico Working Group
Katherine Corcoran, Gema Santamaría
February 26
Deadline: Experiencing the World (ETW) Fellowships
Deadlines, Undergraduate Programs
February 26
Deadline: Doctoral Research Grants