Greetings! I am an Assistant Professor in the Political Science department at the University of Iowa. I received my Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015, specializing in International Relations and Political Methodology. My primary research agenda focuses on the effectiveness of international mediation in intrastate wars. Other current projects develop and apply multiplex modularity, a measure of network connectivity, to studies of international conflict. I teach undergraduate courses in international relations and research methods as well as graduate statistics courses.
In addition to teaching and research, I enjoy traveling and spending as much time as possible outdoors. The banner photos above capture a few of my favorite outdoor moments: a river near Mindo, Ecuador; the Staatsoper in Vienna; a view of Mamelodi, South Africa from a nearby mountaintop; one of the world’s tallest active volcanoes, Cotopaxi; and, of course, Carolina in the spring.
My most recent article, "Kantian fractionalization predicts the conflict propensity of the international system" published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, won the 2016 Political Ties award for best paper published on political networks! (Granted from the Political Networks section of APSA and available here)