I hold a PhD in Political Science from the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia, specializing in international security and research methodology. I am currently affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh as a Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies Associate with the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Last year (2022-2023) I was a Rosenwald Postdoctoral Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security at the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. The year previously (2021-2022) I was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow through RAND Corporation. I was an Assistant Professor of Political Science and National Security in the Department of History and Political Science at Anderson University in Indiana from 2018-2021.
My book project investigates the impact of moral language on public opinion, dispute escalation, and negotiation outcomes. My dissertation, which the book project builds on, received the 2019 John McCain Dissertation Award (see media here). My research also include projects on costly signals and crisis bargaining, gender and foreign policy, and the use of laboratory and survey experimental methods to examine topics related to political violence and military force. My research has been published in International Security, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, and International Interactions.