Current Research Projects:
“Transitional Justice” in The Oxford Companion to International Relations, Joel Krieger, ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014
A survey of the key issues and research approaches in transitional justice.
“Truth and Reconciliation Commissions” in The Oxford Companion to International Relations, Joel Krieger, ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014
A survey of the key issues and research approaches that characterize research on truth and reconciliation commissions.
"Transitional Justice and Democratic Consolidation in Eastern Europe" PhD Dissertation, Department of Political Science, UC San Diego, 2012.
My dissertation links the growing field of transitional justice (policies in a new regime to rectify or ameliorate injustices committed under the old regime) to democratization and regime consolidation. It examines the effects of retributive transitional justice, primarily criminal prosecution and “lustration,” in post-communist Poland and (former) East Germany. It explains puzzling variations in punishments and contributes to theorizing about transitional justice, showing that impacts are mediated by procedural factors such as the criteria used for judgment and institutional capacity.
“Transitional Justice” in Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science, Sandy Maisel, ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011 (revised 2015). www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com
This is an critical annotated bibliography of research on transitional justice.
“Has the East Become the West or Vice Versa?” (with Ellen Comisso) in Evaluating Success and Failure in Post-Communist Reform, ed. Hilary Appel, Keck Center for International & Strategic Studies, 2005
Ellen Comisso and I survey structural and economic shifts in Eastern Europe in the post-communist period, arguing that the "Europe" so many aspired to join has been a moving target. In the last fifteen years former communist states have engaged in political and especially economic transformation toward a West European model, while on the other side the EU has become less unified around a common model and set of experiences, due to the addition of southern European states and domestic shifts within key EU actors.