Prior to pursuing my Ph.D., 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 Officer Basic Course, where I developed and taught Intelligence Support to Counter-Terrorism; Intelligence Support to Counterinsurgency Operations; and Intelligence Support to Peacekeeping/Peace Enforcement Operations courses.
As a PhD student, I am currently engaged in researching the relationship between democracy, inclusion, and counterinsurgency; impact of interstate war on domestic political rights; North Korean regime survival and strategic bargaining; and interstate crisis initiation and escalation to war. My dissertation examines why some weaker states challenge stronger states or their established international status quo.
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