I am an Associate Professor of Political Science and Affiliated Faculty in International Studies at Allegheny College. I am also one of the coordinators for the minor in Middle East and North African Studies, along with Professor Reem Hilal. I received my B.A. in International Relations from Carleton College in 2001 and my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2009.
My book, Trust and Fear in Civil Wars: Ending Intrastate Conflicts, is now available! In it, I argue that combatants' perceptions of each other can fuel commitment problems and other fears for future security, prolonging civil wars when information suggests a deal may be especially dangerous. Three other related lines of my current research explore the effects of atrocities on war duration and outcomes, the role of cultural discrimination in civil wars, and the influence of commitment problems on strategic choices between violence and nonviolence. I am also interested in the scholarship of teaching and learning and have published on pedagogical tools useful in courses on the Middle East.
I teach courses on world politics (IR), Middle Eastern politics, international institutions, and political violence. Prior to joining the faculty at Allegheny, I taught at Kalamazoo College.
When I'm not at work, I'm hanging out with my family and friends. I love reading novels, especially murder mysteries, camping, traveling, cooking, and photography.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-332-2403.
ON LEAVE 2016-17. For questions about the MENA program, please contact Prof. Reem Hilal.