I am an assistant professor at the Political Science Department at Utah State University. I received my PhD in political science (subfields of international relations and methodology) at Penn State University. Prior to coming to USU, I held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Politics and Strategy at Carnegie Mellon University.

My research focuses on bargaining obstacles to peace processes. I use statistical analysis, survey experiments, and computational modeling to understand how peace emerges out of war and why it succeeds or fails. My research projects include (1) civilian agency in civil wars and insurgencies, including civilian recruitment and civilians' attributions of blame, praise, and intentionality; (2) belligerents' initiation of peace processes in civil wars and insurgencies; (3) third-party manipulation of war and peace duration through subsidies and coercive mediation.

At Utah State, I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in IR and methods.