I am currently the Preparing Future Faculty postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri. I received my PhD in Political Science with a focus on International Relations and Comparative Politics in July of 2016.

I study political violence, human rights, and the behavior of authoritarian regimes. My dissertation work  focuses on how governments legitimate their uses of force against civilians. I am also interested in the geospatial relationships that influence a government’s use of violence and the responses of substate actors.

To learn more about my research, please look at my Research section or CV. Current course syllabi and recent teaching evaluations can be found in the Teaching section.