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 a secondary emphasis in American Politics. My research interests lie in the fields of voting behavior, election strategies of political parties, political representation, and political institutions. My dissertation (chaired by James Adams) focuses on voting behavior and party strategies with respect to centrist parties. My dissertation project is a part of a broader research agenda dealing with the empirical implication of formal models, voting behavior and party competition.
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 or is forthcoming 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.