I am a Ph.D. candidate in political science at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in comparative politics and political psychology. During AY2022-2023, I will be based in the social psychology department of The University of Koblenz and Landau in Germany, as a DAAD Fellow.
My research aims to advance scholarly understanding of the factors that drive illiberal impulses such as support for repression of dissidents and prejudice against political candidates based on traits such as gender (typicality), sexual orientation, and race. Methodologically, I am particularly interested in showcasing the power and promise of audio data and voice stimuli for studying biases and discrimination.
I am a graduate of Middlebury College and a proud alum of the United World College in Hong Kong. Outside of academia, I have worked as a researcher for USAID/OTI in North Macedonia (where I am originally from) and for the Prague Security Studies Institute, researching online disinformation campaigns and susceptibility to foreign non-democratic influence in the Western Balkans. Prior to joining UNC, I also worked as a Data Analysis Consultant to the Macedonian Minister of Foreign Affairs, a research assistant at Johns Hopkins – SAIS, and was a 2017-2018 First Amendment Fellow at the Hearst Media Corporation in New York.