I am an Associate Professor of Politics and Women, Gender & Sexuality at the University of Virginia. I study how liberal democracies can become more inclusive and just. My current book project, When Rights Go Wrong: Culture Versus Women's Rights, finds that when powerful political actors make policy arguments about issues involving culture and women's rights, such as polygyny and the face veil, they violate both the right to culture and women's rights.
My first book, Women’s Rights in Democratizing States (Cambridge University Press, 2010), finds that democratic institutions like political parties and social movements often obstruct advances in women’s rights during transitions to democracy. 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.