I am a Ph.D. candidate in comparative politics, having recently returned from conducting fieldwork in Germany on a research grant from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst. I am also pursuing Berkeley's interdisciplinary designated emphasis in Global Metropolitan Studies. My main research interests are on urban and subnational politics, European multi-level governance and the European Union, post-Socialism, administrative capacity, and Central Europe. My dissertation work focuses on post-Socialist Central European political development and its relationship to multilevel governance, with interest in subnational variation in the legacies of Socialism and its subsequent impact on local state capacity in East Germany, Poland, and Hungary.
Prior to enrolling at Berkeley, I completed a Master's Degree in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University in Budapest and a Master's of Public Policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. I did my undergraduate degree in history at the University of Tulsa. At Berkeley, I founded the European Politics Working Group in the Institute for European Studies and am affiliated with the Berkeley Program in Eurasian and East European Studies at the Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies.