scd92 [at] cornell [dot] edu
Department of Government
214 White Hall
Ithaca, New York 14853
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Cornell University. I research party building, electoral competition, and political representation in newly democratic and authoritarian regimes. I focus on Southeast Asia, and have conducted extensive fieldwork across both Indonesia (since 2009) and Malaysia (since 2013).
My dissertation project examines dilemmas of opposition party building in competitive authoritarian regimes. It seeks to understand how and when parties try to escape niche identities to build broader political support and power, and the consequences of party building and coalitional strategies for regime liberalization. I evaluate the theory in the competitive authoritarian regime of Malaysia, drawing on evidence gathered from a cumulative 16 months of field in the country, utilizing interviews, observational research, an original database of electoral returns at the national and subnational level, and archival documents.
I have also worked as a consultant and researcher for a variety of organizations, including the Asia Foundation, the International Crisis Group, the Australian National University, and the Carter Center.
For more information about my research, please see my CV.