I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
I study issues related to international security, foreign policy, and signaling. My book project examines the foreign policy consequences of conventional weapons transfers, and argues that arms transfers are a form of political signaling. The project is based on a hand-coded dataset of weapons transfers, archival research, and fieldwork at international weapons shows. During archival trips at the US National Archives and the US Presidential Library system, I accessed hundreds of previously unused documents through 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.
I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota and was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University during the 2017-2018 academic year. I completed my BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from Colgate University. I have previous research experience in Sarajavo, Bosnia-Herzegovina and with Mines Action Canada in Ottawa, Canada.
office: 318 Farzaneh Hall
email: jspindel (at) ou.edu