I am an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at the University at Albany-SUNY's Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy. I am also the founding Director of the Project on International Security, Commerce, and Economic Statecraft (PISCES) at the Center for Policy Research. As the Director of PISCES and a principal investigator at the Center for Policy Research, I have been the recipient of 31 grant awards totaling over $3.45 million since 2011.
Most of my research focuses on foreign policy issues at the cross-section of international security and international political economy, including the study of economic sanctions and foreign aid, the proliferation of strategic technologies, and the security implications of strategic technologies. I am the author of the new book Busted Sanctions: Explaining Why Economic Sanctions Fail, which received write-ups in the The Boston Globe and The Washington Times. The book explores how and why third-party spoiler states undercut the effectiveness of sanctioning efforts with the foreign trade and aid they provide to sanctioned states. I also conduct research on political violence, including WMD terrorism, the use of child soldiers, and why organizations turn violent. I have policy expertise on the design, implementation, and enforcement of economic sanctions and strategic trade controls and extensive experience working with the U.S. Department of State's Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program.
Prior to my current appointment, I was a research fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs from 2008-2009 and a graduate research associate at The University of Georgia's Center for International Trade & Security (CITS) from 2005-2008. I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from The University of Georgia in 2009.
On this webpage, you will find links to my published and ongoing research projects, data sets, and course syllabi. A copy of my CV is available here and my Google Scholar Profile is available at this link. Further information about my policy-oriented work is available here and here.