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. 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.

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