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I am Associate Professor of Political Science in the Graduate School of Information Sciences at Tohoku University, Japan. Previously, I taught and conducted research at Waseda University, European University Institute, American University of Central Asia, and the University of Michigan. I earned a PhD in Political Science from Michigan State University.

My primary interests lie in comparative political economy, authoritarian politics, democratization, ethnic politics, Central Asia, and political methodology. My work has appeared in British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Studies in Comparative International Development, World Development, as well as several edited volumes. My first book, the Dictator’s Dilemma at the Ballot Box, is currently under contract with the University of Michigan Press. My research has been supported by the US National Science Foundation, World Bank, Fulbright Commission, and Suntory Foundation, among others.