I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy & Law at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. My overarching research agenda – at the intersection of immigration policy, political behavior, urban politics, and racial and ethnic politics – uses quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate how and when communities engage to address critical societal issues. My book Welcoming New Americans? Local Governments and Immigrant Incorporation (forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press) focuses on municipal responses to immigrants and how these policies shape social and political incorporation. I have authored articles, chapters, and reports, and am a co-editor of the 2017 volume, The Politics of New Immigrant Destinations: Transatlantic Perspectives (Temple University Press).

My research has received funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Ruth Landes Memorial Fund, Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS), the Zeit Foundation's Bucerius Scholarship in Migration Studies, and Harvard University's Center for American Political Studies, Hauser Center for Non-Profit Organizations, Saguaro Seminar for Civic Engagement, and Taubman Center for State and Local Government.

From 1998-2001, I worked for the Eurasia Foundation in Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, ultimately as Associate Country Director for the Foundation's Tbilisi, Georgia office. After completing a Masters in Public Policy at Harvard's Kennedy School, I served from 2003-2005 as a Research Associate and then as Associate Director of the Saguaro Seminar for Civic Engagement. I received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2011.