About

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. In my dissertation, I explore how states can achieve these goals through a portfolio of violent and non-violent repressive strategies, with particular focus on substitutability. This expands upon the work of state formation, ethnic conflict, nationalism, and nation-building scholars to explain state repressive strategy selection. I also do work on adapting structural latent growth models for state level data.

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.

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.