I am the Wick Cary Assistant Professor of Political Economy in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma. In 2018-19, I was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University. I received my Ph.D. in Government from Cornell University in 2017. I primarily study public opinion and political behavior in authoritarian regimes, specifically in sub-Saharan Africa. I am also interested in macro-issues of regime stability and legitimization in non-democratic and transitioning regimes. My new work explores the effects of historical legacies on contemporary political beliefs and behavior on the continent, particularly the legacies of colonial rule.