I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Göttingen, Germany), working in Prof. Dr. Ran Hirschl’s fellow group for Comparative Constitutionalism. I earned a PhD in political science from the University of Texas at Austin in 2018.
The majority of my recent research has gone into a book on public participation in constitution-making processes. Entitled The Veil of Participation: Citizens and Political Parties in Constitution-Making Processes, the book is the first comprehensive study of the extent to which input from the public affects the drafting of constitutions. I argue that public participation is in most cases unlikely to have an impact on the constitutional text, but that the extent to which citizens can make their input effectual is primarily determined by the nature of the political parties involved in drafting the constitution. Building on both extensive field work and quantitative analyses, the empirical chapters include studies of the impact of public participation in three much-cited cases (Brazil, South Africa, and Iceland), and a broader cross-national exploration of the party-mediation thesis. The book is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press.
I also have ongoing research projects on political participation, minority rights, constitutional referenda, and the diffusion of language in national constitutions. My earlier work includes research on law and courts in Canada and Brazil. I have taught courses at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, University of Texas at Austin, and Fundação Getulio Vargas in Rio de Janeiro, and worked for the Comparative Constitutions Project.
Links to my publications and a copy of my CV are accessible in the expected places on this webpage.