Research

My presentation from the Danyliw Seminar 2015 "Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons in the Ukraine Conflict." 

This is a photo of me with Congressman Ike Skelton (D-MO) and Foundation President Karl Zobrist (right) receiving the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation, Sherman and Irene Dreiseszun Scholarship for International Studies in 2012.

A link to an interview I did with the Heartland Labor Forum KKFI 90.1 FM in April 2011 on human trafficking and labor trafficking in Kansas.

My research interests combine my intellectual background in comparative politics, public policy, women’s studies, and Russian, East European, and Eurasian area studies with issues of morality policy. More specifically, my research examines how moral issues such as trafficking, prostitution, and sex tourism fit real world patterns of policymaking in the international context in democratic, authoritarian, and semi-authoritarian states. Thus, my research centers on the broader political science themes of government responsiveness and capacity with policy adoption and implementation with different regime types. 

My dissertation research examined policy approaches aimed at addressing human trafficking in the countries of the former Soviet Union. It expanded the diffusion of innovation theory from the public policy literature to explain the policy adoption variations throughout this region and determined what this variation can tell us about the implications for human trafficking in public policy research. The cross-case study results determined that while external pressures varied by country, internal determinants such as state commitment to human trafficking policy, policy entrepreneurs, and interest group strength significantly influenced the adoption of human trafficking policy in the post-Soviet region. In the future I would like to further research topics such as women and politics, migration and refugee policies, prostitution, bride kidnapping, sex tourism, and abortion in the post-Soviet region.

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