I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University, with specialties in Security, Peace, and Conflict and Quantitative Methodology. My primary research agenda focuses on questions about intrastate conflict onset and intensity, which I investigate using both theoretical and empirical models. My dissertation is a book-length project motivated by my experience as an analyst at the Department of Defense and National Intelligence Council. It asks the question, “Why do some civil conflicts simmer at low-intensity, while others escalate to war?”
My secondary research agendas examine: 1) the relationship between gender and conflict; 2) collective action, mobilization, and state policy responses.
My work has been published at International Organization and International Studies Quarterly and has received the Stuart A. Bremer Award from the Peace Science Society.
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