About me

Welcome! I am a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Duke University specializing in Security, Peace, and Conflict and Political Methodology. In spring of 2019, I am a Predoctoral Visiting Student (VSRC) at Empirical Studies of Conflict (ESOC) at Princeton University. Beginning in Fall of 2019 I will be a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Big Data Social Science — Center for Social Data Analytics at The Pennsylvania State University.

My research centers on collective action, state repression, and human rights, with particular attention to the methodological implications for network analysis that stem from interdependent conflict behavior. My projects contribute to the scholarship on mass protests in authoritarian regimes, the strategic interplay between repression and dissent activities, and local determinants of violence in civil war. I also study hierarchical networks in the international system and their implications for interstate conflict.

Networks, spatial analysis, and automated text analysis are the primary methods I develop and apply to achieve a better understanding of conflict processes. Several projects of mine also involve predictive and computational modeling. My work has been published or is forthcoming at Journal of Politics and Political Science Research and Methods.