Originally from Lithuania (née Paskeviciute), I received my PhD from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton in the United States. Since then I held a tenured position at the Department of Government, the University of Essex in the United Kingdom, was a visiting scholar at Columbia University in the United States, and have served on the Planning Committee of the Comparative Study of Electoral Systems (CSES.org).

My academic interests focus on comparative political behavior and public opinion, especially with respect to the issues of democratic legitimacy, representation, and immigrant political engagement. Some of this research has appeared in the Journal of Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, the European Political Science Review, the Journal of Peace Research, Party Politics, Electoral Studies, and Social Science Research. I am the recipient of the Best Paper Award from the Journal of Politics in 2008, the Award for the Best Paper on European Politics & Society from the American Political Science Association (APSA) in 2008, and the Emerging Scholar Award from the Turkish Academy of Sciences (TÜBA-GEBİP) in 2012.