About

Welcome! I’m a PhD Candidate in the Department of Government at Georgetown University and a 2017-18 Fulbright scholar at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. My research interests include the relationship between political institutions, public opinion, and policy change in the context of public health and health policy. My research is also motivated by broader interests in science policy, German politics, EU harmonization, comparative social policy, and global health security and governance.

My dissertation studies contemporary and historical policy change in the context of obesity-related food and public health policies in Germany, the European Union, and  the United States. I develop a typology of policy change based on motives of policy entrepreneurs and levels of issue salience. To illustrate the typology’s application, I use a multi-method approach involving quantitative content analysis, observational and experimental survey data, legislative archival research, and process tracing using over 120 elite interviews of various governmental and non-governmental actors. The dissertation serves to improve understanding of the mechanisms at play in bringing about policy change generally, and specifically with regard to anti-obesity public health policies.

Before attending Georgetown, I spent several years in London working as a researcher and consultant on social and economic trends in the United Kingdom and the United States, counter-terrorism stakeholders in the European Union,  and carbon emissions of private corporations. In addition, I was a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Scholar at the Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Max Planck Institute for Social Law and Social Policy in Munich, Germany. I have a BA in Political Science and a BS in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an MS in Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MA in Government from Georgetown.

All photos used on this website are my own. Each page contains an image from a state or national legislature in which I conducted interviews and archival work in the US or Germany.