I am a political scientist studying conflict, international law and organizations, and foreign policy.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies and Political Science at the Virginia Military Institute.
I received my PhD in Political Science at the University of Colorado Boulder in May 2019. I received master's degrees from CU Boulder and the University of St Andrews.
My current research assesses the impact of UN peacekeeping on civil conflict management and political stability. My dissertation, Pacifying the Peacekeepers: How State Involvement in UN Peacekeeping Reduces Military Threats to Democracy won the 2016 Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy grant and was awarded the Harold D. Lasswell Award for the most outstanding project in International Relations and Foreign Affairs. My research has also been published in the Journal of Peace Research, Armed Forces & Society, and the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.
I am originally from London, England. I spend my free time on my 34-acre farm in the Shenandoah Valley with my wife, Kim. I am also the coach of the VMI women's rugby team.