My research interests include migration and ethnic politics, international security, causes of radicalization, Muslims and minorities in the West, transatlantic relations and humanitarian intervention. I have conducted field research in Muslim communities in London, UK, and Detroit, MI, US, and my research has been published in peer-reviewed journals Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, Middle East Journal, Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs and other venues. Currently, my main research focus is on completing an academic book manuscript explaining why similar migrant-background communities in the US and Europe react differently to violent conflicts abroad.
Before Marist, I taught classes in international relations and comparative politics at the University of Delaware, Washington College (Maryland), the 10th-oldest college in the US; and worked and volunteered with the Missouri Attorney General's Office, and the World Federation of United Nations Associations headquarters in New York City.
A native European, I first came to the US as a Rotary International High School Exchange Student from Ogre, Latvia to Jefferson City, MO. Besides English, I am also fluent in Latvian (native) and Russian, intermediate in French, and am currently learning Mandarin Chinese. My hobbies include traveling, running, swimming and tennis.
Please feel free to contact me to discuss any of the materials you see here.