About Me

Welcome! I am a current doctoral candidate in Political Science at Duke University with expertise in International Relations and Comparative Politics. My research primarily focuses on religion and global politics, connections between domestic and international affairs, the politics of the Middle East (with an emphasis on Turkey), and American foreign policy. I've also recently become interested in the intersection of religion and gender in impacting political participation and preferences. My teaching interests more broadly include theories of international relations and comparative politics, the regional politics of the Middle East, and the role of ideology in political behavior and identities. 

My dissertation, entitled "Fully Committed? Religiously Committed State Populations and International Conflict," takes a multi-methods approach to examining how levels of religious commitment within countries’ populations impact foreign policymaking processes and contribute to international conflict. 

Before beginning my graduate career, I was a Fulbright English Lecturer at Karadeniz Technical University in Trabzon, Turkey. My life teaching and living in Trabzon inspired the trajectory of my current research and instilled a lifelong love for the region. 

For the 2017-18 academic year, I am a Graduate Scholar with Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics. During my time at Duke, I've also served as the graduate fellow for the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (2013-16) and been a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow for Turkish (2013-14). I spent the summer of 2016 as a Visiting Researcher at Koç University in Istanbul, conducting field interviews for my dissertation research. I hold an M.A. in Political Science from Duke University and a B.A. in Government (summa cum laude) from Sweet Briar College. 

Outside of international politics, I enjoy travel, home improvement projects, rock climbing, soccer, and spending quality time with friends and family.