My primary research focuses on quasi-judicial bodies that have proliferated across the globe to fill the gaps left by domestic and international law and courts. Like courts, these accountability mechanisms collect statements from individuals who have been harmed by state or non-state actors, conduct an investigation, and enjoin appropriate reparative actions. Thus far, my work in this research stream has extended to truth commissions and international development banks' compliance mechanisms.
My dissertation/book project, Governing Truth: NGOs and the Politics of Transitional Justice, develops and tests a theory of how domestic and international civil society actors govern the norm and practice of transitional justice, specifically by driving the creation, design, and effectiveness of its constituent mechanisms. I open up this new research program in comparative politics and international relations by studying truth commissions. I leverage a series of novel datasets from the Varieties of Truth Commissions Project and qualitative data from archival research and interviews with human rights groups, government officials, and United Nations personnel in Guatemala, South Africa, and Timor-Leste.
I am an avid traveler, runner, and Zumba enthusiast. My lightbulb moments tend to happen when I'm on the move.