I am a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. My primary field is International Relations and I am broadly interested in international security, foreign policy, and signaling. For the 2017-2018 Academic Year I am a pre-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University.
My dissertation examines the foreign policy consequences of conventional weapons transfers, and argues that arms transfers send political signals. The project is based on a hand-coded dataset of weapons transfers, archival research, and fieldwork at international weapons shows. I conducted archival research in the US National Archives and the US Presidential Library system, where I accessed hundreds of previously unused documents using Freedom of Information Act requests. My research has been supported by the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation, the APSA Political Networks Section, the Minnesota Department of Political Science, the Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group, and the Larson Fellowship in Political Economy.
In addition to my substantive research, I am interested in teaching courses on research methods, including quantitative and qualitative methods, network analysis, and research design.
I have previous research experience in Sarajavo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and with Mines Action Canada in Ottawa, Canada. I completed my Bachelor's degree in Peace and Conflict Studies at Colgate University, with a thesis on the United Kingdom's sanctioning of torture during the War on Terror.
office: 1368 Social Sciences
email: spind026 (at) umn.edu