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I am a post-doctoral research fellow with the “Borders and Boundaries in World Politics” project at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House. Beginning in the Fall of 2019, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Rutgers University, New Brunswick.  I graduated with a Ph.D. in political science from the Pennsylvania State University in the summer of 2017.

My research develops novel measurement and design strategies to better understand whether and how states respond to domestic and international security threats. My core interests center around the role of the military in politics, extended deterrence, and international border security.