My research at START focuses on illicit trafficking of radiological and nuclear material by non-state actors. My broader research interests include political violence, counter-terrorism, counterinsurgency, international security, and proliferation/counter-proliferation with a regional expertise in Northeast Asia, including North Korean nuclear program, North-South Korea relations, and Korea-Japan-China relations.
Prior to my time at the NCSP, I served in the U.S. Army as a Counterintelligence Officer specializing in intelligence support to counter-terrorism and political-military affairs in the Asia-Pacific Theater of Operations with several operational deployments. During my service in the Army, I also served as an instructor for the Military Intelligence Support to Counterinsurgency Operations; Intelligence Support to Counter-Terrorism; and Intelligence Support to Peacekeeping/Peace Enforcement Operations.
Having a passion for teaching, I serve as a Lecturer in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany (SUNY), where I teach an online graduate course in political violence, terrorism, and insurgency. Concurrently, as a member of the NCSP instructor team, I also teach practitioner and analyst-level training courses on terrorist attack cycle and IED dynamics.
I am also a PhD candidate in political science (international relations and comparative politics) at the University at Albany and my dissertation examines the relationship between interstate crisis initiation and distraction.
International Security - to include Northeast Asia regional security, small state behavior/foreign policy, international crisis outcome, and threat perception
Political Violence - to include intrastate conflict, terrorism/counter-terrorism, and insurgency/counterinsurgency
Northeast Asian Regional Politics - to include North Korean leadership, South Korean foreign policy, Inter-Korean politics, and Korea-Japan-China relations