As a political scientist studying law and courts in a comparative perspective, I am interested in the interaction between judicial institutions and politico-economic elements. On the one hand, my research explores political and economic conditions under which countries promote independent courts and the rule of law, particularly in the context of non-democracies and emerging democracies. On the other hand, I also analyze the impact of effective law and courts on better governance, such as political accountability and economic development. I investigate these themes through a mix of cross-national quantitative analysis and qualitative case studies with a regional focus on East and Southeast Asia.


Working Papers

  • “The Differential Effects of Political Threats on Judicial Independence in Autocracies” (with Yunus Emre Orhan)
  • “Theorizing and Testing the Maintenance of Judicial Independence in Autocracies.”
  • “Party System Institutionalization, Electoral Competition, and Judicial Independence in Developing Democracies: Evidence from South Korea and the Philippines.”