I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut. In 2020-2021, I am also a Junior Faculty Research Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University, and Non-Resident Fellow at the Krulak Center for Innovation at the Marine Corps University.
Leveraging quantitative tools and original data, my research seeks to understand variation in the behavior of armed groups and the dynamics of internal conflict. I am particularly interested in the organizational dynamics of nonstate actors, government responses to violent and nonviolent uprisings, cyber warfare, and the role of technology in subnational conflict.
My research is published or forthcoming in International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Global Security Studies, and elsewhere. My research has also received support from the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict, The Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the Political Instability Task Force, and the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) Center.
Previously, I held fellowships at the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, as well as the International Security Program at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. I received my PhD and MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and my BA from Wesleyan University with high honors in Government.