I am an Assistant Professor in International Relations at the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Studies where my research focuses on state threat assessments, use of force decisions, and U.S. military strategy and effectiveness.
My book project lies at the intersection of coercive diplomacy and foreign policy decision making and investigates the importance of leadership beliefs in assessments of threat credibility during international crises. Examples of my research can be found in recent editions of Security Studies, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Strategic Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, Texas National Security Review, Armed Forces and Society, as well as in a number of policy outlets.
I have previously held fellowships at the University of Pennsylvania's Perry World House, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and with the Security Studies Program at MIT.. I hold a Ph.D. in Political Science from the George Washington University, an M.A. (Hons) in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. (Hons) in History, Philosophy, and International Relations from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.