I am a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. I received my PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. My primary field of study is Comparative Politics with focus on voting behavior, election strategies of political parties, political representation, and political institutions. My current research agenda focuses on the empirical implications of formal models of parties' electoral strategies. My second research agenda focuses on party politics in both established and new democracies. Specifically, I am interested in the duration of party survival in parliaments. I also have a special interest in the politics of Israel. My work has been published in the British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of Political Research, German Politics and the SAGE Handbook of Research Methods in Political Science and International Relations.