I am a social science researcher and Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Middle Tennessee State University with subject-matter expertise in international relations, conflict resolution, and data analysis. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science in 2012 from the University of Iowa.
Through my research I explore the intersection of international organization and international security. My published and on-going work particularly sheds light on how countries optimize their bargaining strategies as they access international institutions and law and their national capabilities to resolve contentious and potentially violent disputes. At Middle Tennessee State, I extend this knowledge to my graduate and undergraduate students through courses which include International Security, Peace and Conflict Resolution, International Law, Global Governance, and International Relations. Whenever possible, I seek to use my research and analysis skills to address social and political problems that have immediate impacts and that provide better information to the public.