I am an Associate Professor of Politics and Women, Gender & Sexuality at the University of Virginia. My research focuses on how liberal democracies can become more inclusive and just. My current book project, When Rights Go Wrong: Multiculturalism Versus Women's Rights, challenges the assumption that multiculturalism and women’s rights conflict. Instead, through a comparison of policy debates over issues like polygamy and the face veil, I find that political actors create a variety of relationships between multiculturalism and women’s rights, including mutually reinforcing relationships.
My first book, Women’s Rights in Democratizing States (Cambridge University Press, 2010), investigates women's political and civic participation in Poland, Chile and South Africa during the transition to democracy. It explains how and why democratic institutions like political parties and social movements often obstruct advances in women’s rights. My research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, USAID, the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Italy, the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, and many organizations at the University of Virginia.