I am a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota. My research broadly focuses on 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. Beginning in Fall 2018, I will join the faculty in the Department of International and Area Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
My book project 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. 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 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.
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