I am a Henry A. Kissinger Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University. I received a Ph.D. in Political Science from UC San Diego in 2019.
My research has appeared in World Development and Cornell University Press and has benefited from financial support from the U.K.'s Department for International Development, the Minerva Research Initiative at the U.S. Department of Defense, the Institute on Global Conflict & Cooperation, and the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
Several of my recent projects examine how international political processes can contribute to social inequities. One paper, "The Gender Literacy Gap and the Distributional Effects of World Bank Assistance," highlights how foreign development assistance can reify preexisting social hierarchies and provide disproportionate benefits to members of already privileged groups. Another paper, "The Gendered Legacies of Wartime Trauma," demonstrates that military conflict can trigger long-term shifts in attitudes that threaten gender equity and provoke intimate partner violence in affected communities.
In a separate set of papers, I introduce new causal explanations for war that bring our theoretical understanding of crisis bargaining, civil unrest, and interstate conflict into better alignment with findings from historical and empirical research.
I have taught undergraduate and graduate courses in international relations, comparative politics, research methods, and data science. Before entering graduate school I worked as a debate coach at Lewis & Clark College; as such, some of my early publications relate to argumentation theory and debate pedagogy.
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Henry A. Kissinger Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2021)
Herb York Dissertation Fellow (2017-18)
UC San Diego
Southern Illinois University
Western Kentucky University
"Unprogrammed Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation / Cutting"
Armed Resistance and Agency Slippage in Germany's Model Protectorate"
"Debate across the Disciplines:
Structured Classroom Debates in Interdisciplinary Curricula"
"Back to its Roots: Accuracy as the Litmus Test for Topicality"
"Contrasting Structures, Conditional Strategies:
Designing Format-Specific Theories for Competitive Debate"
"The Intersection of Competitions and Classrooms in Forensics Pedagogy"
"Illegal Wildlife Trafficking: The Unseen Environmental Harms"
"Why Do Leaders Fight Futile Wars?
Optimistic Constituents and Agency Dilemmas in Crisis Decision-Making"
"The Secrecy Gambit:
Clandestine Power Shifts and Preventive Conflict"
"Monopolies of Violence? Civil Insurgency and the Accountability Deficit"
"King Makers and Peace Breakers:
International Intervention and Post-War Violence"
Frontiers of Political Science (senior honors thesis course)
Policy Responses to Global Problems (graduate research capstone)
Political Science Research Apprenticeship Program
Postwar Politics in Japan (graduate)
International Politics & Security (graduate)
Introduction to International Relations