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About Me

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut, and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Krulak Center for Innovation and Future Warfare at the Marine Corps University. 


I conduct research on political violence, and more specifically, on how organizations engaged in violence make decisions and subsequently behave. Some of my work evaluates why armed groups initiate and sustain cooperative alliances, why they employ a wide variety of tactics while others specialize in one or a few, why some are more technologically innovative than others, and why state and nonstate groups behave differently in cyberspace. My research articles have been published at International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and others. My first book, Divided not Conquered: How Rebels Fracture and Splinters Behave, was published by Oxford University in August 2022.

Previously, I held fellowships at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver. I received my PhD and MA from the University of Pennsylvania, and my BA from Wesleyan University with high honors in Government.


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