Research

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Playing Politics: WHO’s Response to COVID-19.” (with Matthew Kavanagh and Mara Pillinger). in Coronavirus Politics: The Comparative Politics and Policy of COVID-19. Eds. Scott L. Greer, Elizabeth J. King, Andre Peralta, and Elize Massard da Fonseca. University of Michigan Press. 2021.

Book Manuscript

  • My book project 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 book project 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.

Working Papers

  • Where’s the Money From? Attitudes toward Donor Countries and Foreign Aid in the Arab World. (with Scott Williamson). Under Review.
  • Building a Scapegoat or Building a Reputation? Autocrats, Blame Avoidance, and COVID-19 in the Arab World. (with Scott Williamson). Under Review.
  • What Makes a Changemaker? An Analysis of Policy Entrepreneurs in German and European Union Food Policy.
    • Best Poster on Public Policy Award (APSA Public Policy Section, 2019)
  • Partisanship and Polarization in a Federal Context: Experimental Evidence from the US and Germany.
  • Priming Americans on COVID-19 Increases Support for Public Health Policy.
  • Vaccine Politics: COVID-19 Global Vaccine Policies & Political Disruption. (with Matthew Kavanagh, Fatima Hassan, Mara Pillinger, Kashish Aneja, and Ngozi Erondu).
  • How Obamacare Altered State-Level Public Opinion on Medicaid.
  • Nuclear Weapons and Infectious Disease: The Role of Science, Policy, and the State.

Other Selected Publications

  • “The Case for Strategic Health Diplomacy: A Study of PEPFAR.” Bipartisan Policy Center. 2015. (Under Tom Daschle and Bill Frist).
  • “The sugar-coated truth.” Future Foundation. March 13, 2014.
  • “CVS: The business of being healthy meets the being healthy business.” Future Foundation. February 7, 2014.

Public Engagement

  • Physicians Association of Nutrition “Nutrition > Medicine” Webinar

  • DAAD-sponsored podcast interview on my experiences researching in Germany

  • Georgetown University Office of Fellowships and Awards Blog