I am the Douglas and Ellen Lowey Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University. My research explores how partisan polarization affects foreign policymaking in democratic states, with an emphasis on U.S. national security policy. More generally, I am interested in the interplay between domestic and international politics in matters of security and conflict.
My research is published or forthcoming at academic journals like International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Journal of Politics, among others. I am a faculty affiliate of the Program in American Grand Strategy at Duke, the Carnegie International Policy Scholar Consortium and Network (IPSCON), the America in the World Consortium (AWC), and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS). I am also a member of the Aspen Strategy Group's Rising Leaders Program for young professionals in national security and foreign policy.
I completed my PhD in 2021 at the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. At Stanford, I was a Ric Weiland Graduate Fellow in the Humanities & Sciences and a Graduate Fellow at the Stanford Center for International Conflict & Negotiation (SCICN). My doctoral dissertation won the Merze Tate Award (formerly Helen Dwight Reid Award) from the American Political Science Association and the John McCain Dissertation Award from the Munich Security Conference.
Prior to attending Stanford, I received an M.Phil. in International Relations from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and a B.A. in Political Science and Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain Scholar.