I’m a PhD Candidate at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a Minerva-USIP Peace and Security Scholar. I am also a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project and a PhD Research Fellow at Tufts University’s Center for Strategic Studies.
I study Security Studies and Comparative Politics. In particular, I'm interested in examining how external intervention into civil wars affects civilian populations. The U.S. Institute of Peace, The John Anson Kittredge Fund, the Center for Strategic Studies, and the International Security Studies Program have supported my research.
I previously served as a Lecturer for the Tufts University Department of Political Science teaching a course self-designed course on military intervention. Prior to that teaching experience, I led 120+ Tufts undergraduate students in recitation sections over three semesters for Introduction to International Relations and was a teaching assistant for graduate courses on civil-military relations, civil wars, and international security policy.
Prior to beginning my doctoral studies, I worked as a Research Staff Member in the Institute for Defense Analyses’ Intelligence Analyses Division and for the Office of the Secretary of Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. In 2009-2010, I completed a deployment to Iraq to work issues related to improvised explosive devices. My career in the federal government began as a Presidential Management Fellow for Headquarters, United States Marine Corps.
I’m a proud Kansan and am in the fourth generation of my family to be born and raised in Central Kansas. I hold B.A.s in Political Science and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania and an MPP from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Aside from my academic pursuits, I enjoy weightlifting and live music while struggling to decipher the basics of men’s lacrosse.