I am the 
Karl Loewenstein Post-Doctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in Political Science in the Department of Political Science at Amherst College. I earned my PhD in Political Science in December 2014 from The Ohio State University.

  I research the roots of contradictory, seemingly self-defeating behavior in the international arena: under what conditions do states pursue their grand strategy by simultaneously using cooperative and conflictual options, whose outcomes likely cancel each other out?

  In particular, I study the dynamics underpinning such inconsistent, volatile behavior in different contexts of international politics: nuclear proliferation and civil wars.