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 examines the causes and consequences of political violence as they pertain to vulnerable populations, state development, and public health. My published work has appeared in World Development and Cornell University Press and has received financial support from the United Kingdom'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.
My job market paper, "The Gendered Legacies of Wartime Trauma," highlights how exposure to military conflict provokes long-term changes in political attitudes and behaviors in affected communities. Using geo-referenced data on military violence and local outcomes, coupled with an instrumental variables approach to facilitate causal inference, I show that female political participation is suppressed in post-conflict settings, while male residents become more likely to support domestic violence against women and children. These effects are also highly persistent, remaining detectable even among future generations born long after the conclusion of the original conflict. The findings contribute to our understanding of the long-term, human consequences of war, while also demonstrating the transformative cultural effects of traumatic experiences. In related work, I show that conflict exposure can also provoke durable shifts in anti-immigrant attitudes, support for public services, and confidence in government.
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
East Asian Thought
Insurgency and Terrorism
Politics and Warfare
Religion and Politics
Supreme Court & Constitution
U.S. Foreign Policy
War and Society
Weapons of Mass Destruction