I am  a Research Affiliate at the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies at the University of South Carolina.  I have been researching soft power, more specifically the various soft power instruments including sports, culture and education. I created a new soft power typology and measurement method to evaluate all countries’ soft power use.

In Comparative Politics my focus has been the democratization of former communist states including Hungary and Russia.

In 2018 I received an APSA travel grant and I was nominated for IPSA’s Francesco Kjellberg Award for Outstanding Papers Presented by a New Scholar for my conceptual and operation approach of measuring soft power. 

In the Spring of 2021, I will be teaching Intro to International Relations, Intro to European Politics and an honors course on Soft Power in International Relations.