I am a PhD Candidate in Comparative Politics in the Department of Government at Cornell University. My research focuses on party politics, political behavior and political economy, primarily in advanced industrialized countries.
In my dissertation project, I examine variation in the rise and popularity of populist radical right-wing parties in Western Europe by investigating the conditions under which these parties perform well in some local settings but not in others. This research uses mixed methods that combine longitudinal analyses of local-level administrative data, original surveys and extensive qualitative fieldwork and observation in Finland and France. It has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, the Embassy of France in the United States, the Thanks to Scandinavia Foundation and the Cornell Institute for European Studies.