About Me

I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Government Department at Cornell University and a Peace Scholar Fellow at the United State Institute of Peace.

My research focuses on political institutions, democratic processes, and democratic resilience. More specifically, I am interested in (1) the type of institutions incumbents use to remain in power, (2) the conditions under which they weaponize one institution instead of another, and (3) why these institutional manipulations fail in some cases. My dissertation fits within this broader research agenda as it investigates the conditions under which courts side with the opposition in non-consolidated democracies. I have a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa and use a wide array of methodological tools.

I received a Master 1 of International Law from the Université Paris 2 Panthéon Assas and a Master of Laws from Cornell Law School.

After passing the New York Bar exam, I worked as a Human Rights Advocate for NGOs and trainee for law firms.

My research has been supported by the American Political Science Association, the United States Institute of Peace, the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, the Qualitative and Interpretive Research Institute, and the Cornell Graduate School.


tg355 {at} cornell.edu

Department of Government
Cornell University
214 White Hall
Ithaca NY, 14853