I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Merced. I study authoritarian politics and democratic backsliding, focusing on the interaction between political institutions and information control. My dissertation comprises three distinct papers that center around these topics. In the first and second papers, I examine how the effects of institutional constraints on (would-be) autocrats, such as constitutional arrangements and subnational elections, are conditional on the free flow of information. The first and third papers investigate specific strategies of information control, such as distracting people’s attention by flooding the media with apolitical information as well as targeted propaganda. To test hypotheses derived from my theories, I apply cutting-edge quantitative methods, such as causal inference in TSCS analysis, machine learning, and computational text analysis.