About Me

Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Politics at Wheaton College with expertise in security studies, comparative politics, and international relations. My research primarily focuses on the role of religion in global politics, especially the ways in which religious f/actors can link the domestic and foreign affairs of states. Turkey and the United States have been especially key cases in my work to date, however my geographic specializations continue to expand. My broad teaching interests include theories of comparative politics and international security; the regional politics of the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia; religion and politics; and peace and conflict studies.

I hold a Ph.D in Political Science from Duke University, where my doctoral dissertation, "Fully Committed? Religiously Committed State Populations and International Conflict," was awarded the department's "Best Dissertation" distinction for the 2017-18 academic year. The project uses a multi-methods approach to examine how levels of religious commitment within countries’ populations impact foreign policymaking processes and contribute to international conflict. One of the dissertation's comprising articles, "Religiosity and Bellicosity: The Impact of Religious Commitment on Patterns of Interstate Conflict," has been published in the Journal of Global Security Studies.

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 Turkey and the region.

While at Duke, I was a Graduate Scholar with Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics (2017-18), the graduate fellow for the Duke Program in American Grand Strategy (2013-16), and 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 also hold an M.A. in Political Science from Duke University and a B.A. in Government (summa cum laude) from Sweet Briar College. 

When I'm not trying to understand the constant shifts of international politics, I enjoy travel, home improvement projects, rock climbing, soccer, and spending quality time with friends and family. I'm also a novice baker.