Research

My research interests lie both in comparative politics and international relations. Within the realm of comparative politics, I am interested in democratization, authoritarianism, institutional design and regime survival. I am particularly interested in unpacking how senior bureaucrats play an active role in the process of democratization. My dissertation research puts forth a framework that aims to predict the potential of whether a nascent democracy will backslide or consolidate based on bureaucratic quality & ruling coalition relationships.

Within comparative politics, I am also currently studying the social media rhetoric across developed democracies. I am interested in exploring why the right wing across the world relies on inflammatory and exclusive narratives to plead their case yet only a handful of such parties can come to power. I use data scrapped from twitter through Python code and analyzed via text analysis software, NVivo.

Within the domain of international relations, my research focuses on regional organizations, trade agreements and non-traditional foreign policy approaches by smaller states. I am particularly interested in South and South East Asia with focus on South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries.  I am also interested in exploring regional powers competing against regional organizations.

Current Projects:

Tweeting the Cultural Divide: When Social Media Offensiveness Works for the Right Wing – Co-Authored with Rebekah Dowd. Under Review

The Regional ‘Enabler’ South East Asia Needs: Reimagining ASEAN’s Success as the Ultimate FacilitatorUnder Review

Diplomatic Validation Through Cultural Power: Taiwan’s Southern StrategyWorking Paper

Sustaining Democratization: Coalition Building Through Clientelistic Policy Appeal – Co-authored with Gulcan Seglam. Working Paper

Judicial Independence: Institutional Necessity or Democratic Precursor –  Co-authored with Bailey Fairbanks. Working Paper

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