I am a third year 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 Central 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.

Current Research

I am interested in the role religious identity can play as a strategic tool of political parties, and the role religious identity plays in determining individual-level political behavior.


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