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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. In 2016, I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I specialize in International Relations and Comparative Politics. I earned my B.A. in Political Science and French from Gettysburg College in 2011 and my M.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013.

My primary research agenda focuses on civil wars, conflict resolution, and the quality of post-conflict peace. My dissertation explores how the civil war settlement process influences the quality of peace following conflict. I posit that the nature of civil war settlements and the content of peace agreements both have meaningful implications for the extent to which rights are protected in the wake of conflict. I argue that peace agreements, in particular, have the potential to tie actors’ hands to new policies and to generate new political, economic, and social structures in post-conflict societies. Ultimately, my interest lies in extending current definitions of successful conflict resolution to gain a better understanding of how institutions, rules, and norms of inclusivity and opportunity can take root in the wake of civil war. In other research on civil war resolution that is forthcoming at the Journal of Conflict Resolution, I assess how mediators’ leverage, or influence, shapes the likelihood of resolution success. In analyzing the effects of different sources of leverage, I find that mediators who wield a “big stick” struggle to generate long-term solutions to conflict. Instead, mediators who foster peaceful settlements through their ties to the disputants, credible information, and perceived commitment to peace generate settlements that are much more durable in nature.

I have taught Introduction to International Relations at the University of North Carolina and served as a TA for undergraduate courses in the fields of International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Methodology. In the Spring of 2015, my teaching was recognized by the Department of Political Science with the John Patrick Hagan Award for Outstanding Teaching.