I am a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California, Merced. I research comparative politics, with a focus on authoritarian institutions. My dissertation focuses on judicial independence in authoritarian countries. I examine three factors that influence an incumbent autocrat's decision to grant a greater degree of independence to their judiciary. First, I argue that access to natural resources disincentivizes judicial independence, but only in the context of authoritarianism. Second, I argue that the presence of opposition among political elites only incentivizes judicial independence under conditions of sufficient institutional stability. Third, I argue that the presence of strong opposition among the mass public has a non-monotonic relationship with judicial independence, where only a moderately powerful public opposition incentivizes judicial independence. My research interests extend beyond judiciaries under authoritarianism, and I have published research on state propaganda and protests.