I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science and a Researcher in the Constitution Unit at University College London (UCL). Prior to my appointment at UCL, I was an Assistant Professor (2009-2012) at the IMT Institute for Advanced Studies in Lucca, Italy, and earned my Ph.D. (2009) from the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois. I also hold an M.A. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois and a B.A. from the Department of Political Science at Illinois Wesleyan University.
My research and teaching interests focus on comparative constitutional design. Within this subfield, my research explores the origins, stability, and enforcement of formal constitutional texts. I am particularly interested in how the design of formal constitutions contributes to economic, political, and social development. My interest in this topic largely stems from my involvement with the Comparative Constitutions Project (CCP).
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