I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University. I previously studied at the University of Minnesota where I received my B.A. in Political Science in 2014. I received my M.A. in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University in May of 2018 with primary fields of International Relations and Political Methodology.

My research focuses on the ways through which state and non-state actors attempt to build power and influence through nation-building activities and strategic political violence . This expands upon the work of state formation, ethnic conflict, nationalism, and nation-building scholars to explain the portfolio of violent and non-violent strategies utilized by states for the purposes of nation-building.

I am currently involved in a number of research projects including the coding of the MID 5 data set, the relationship between foreign direct investment and violence against civilians, violent state behavior when facing rising de facto states, and general theories of state-perpetrated mass killing. I also serve as the graduate methods preceptor for the Penn State political science department, the co-president of the Graduate Association of Political Science (GAPS), chair of the Graduate and Professional Student Association‘s advocacy and human diversity committee, and graduate representative on the Penn State faculty senate.

You can find out more about my current work by visiting my research page. You can also find resources for learning R  as well as my project code on my github.

For more information, see my CV or contact me.