I am a lead investigator and senior researcher in the Unconventional Weapons and Technology Division (UWT) of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).  Prior to joining START I was the senior research associate and section chief at the National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP) where I led the NCSP’s homeland security and terrorism research program to assist and advise New York State and local authorities on designing and implementing emergency preparedness and management policies, plans, and training.

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.

Research Interests

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