I am a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Center for the Study of Economic Liberty and the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University. I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science at ASU in 2017. I specialize in Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Quantitative Methods. My dissertation project attempts to explain the variation of violence during secession. My research interests include civil conflict, democratization, religion and politics, state-making, collective action, and research methods. Bayesian statistics, machine learning, agent-based modeling, and survey experiments are part of my professional toolkit. My geographical focus is on post-Communist Europe and Eurasia. My scientific work has so far been published in Caucasus Survey, Nationalities Papers, Politics and Religion, Post-Soviet Affairs, Social Science Quarterly.