I am Assistant Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis where I am also affiliated with the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Equity and the Division of Computational and Data Sciences.
My research looks at how domestic political considerations shape the conduct of international interventions in fragile settings. My first book, Local Peace, International Builders: How the UN Builds Peace from the Bottom Up, examines the conditions under which international actors successfully bring order, peace, and stability to fragile settings. My second book, Patrolling the Commons: Peacekeeping and Conflict in a Climate Changed-World, explains what peacekeepers can do to mitigate climate change-induced social conflict in weakly institutionalized settings.
I also conduct research on how foreign policy shapes public opinion in democracies, specifically as related to intervention in civil wars abroad. My most recent work on this subject uses machine learning, natural language processing, and other computational social science methods to investigate the role of misinformation campaigns in shaping social media reactions to the wars in Afghanistan and Ukraine.
I direct the Data-driven Analysis of Peace Project (DAPP), a lab that brings together researchers conducting work various topics related to international security, conflict processes, and peacebuilding.
I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in May 2019.