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 substantive research agenda focuses on the effectiveness of international mediation in intrastate wars. Other current projects explore the evolution of cooperation between combatants in civil wars. Methodologically, my research develops and applies social network techniques to the study of international conflict. I teach undergraduate courses in international relations and research methods as well as graduate methodology 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 article, "Battles and Bargains: Escalation, Commitment, and Negotiations in Civil War " with Alyssa K. Prorok, is now available! Read it here.
My article, "Complementary Mediation: Exploring Mediator Composition in Civil Wars" is now available! Read it here.
My work with Alyssa Prorok on cooperation during conflict has been funded by the Army Research Office and the Folke Bernadotte Academy! Keep an eye out for updates as we use this grant to gather data and launch an exciting new research agenda!
I'm honored to have received the 2019 Collegiate Teaching Award from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at UIowa.