I am currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Collaborative Research Center SFB 884 at the University of Mannheim. I completed my Ph.D. in political science at Rice University in 2015. My research and teaching interests include comparative political institutions, parties and elections, legislative politics, and electoral behavior. My current research broadly centers on how institutions structure the way political parties/elites and voters behave, and how these two actors interact with each other, with a primary regional focus on Western Europe.