I am an Assistant Professor in James Madison College, at Michigan State University. My research and teaching interests focus on international relations, security, and identity. I am currently working on a book on the role of nationalism in combat effectiveness during World War II, as well as an article manuscripts on urban combat and gender violence during war. I have published on the role of racial and gender norms on civil-military relations, and on the influence of ethnic kinship ties on civil conflict spreading between countries. I am currently working on a follow-up article with my colleague, Rita Konaev, applying my argument regarding ethnic kinship ties to a large-n analysis. I try to link my research to current policy issues as well, such as in this blog post at the Duck of Minerva.
I earned my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in 2014 where I was the coordinator for the Notre Dame International Security Program for two years. Before going to Notre Dame, I attended Gordon College for my BA in Political Studies, and earned an MA in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queens University, Belfast.
Originally from the mountains in Conifer, Colorado, I am starting to enjoy the lakes and plains of the Midwest. I enjoy traveling, reading, and netflix. I am also learning (slowly) to garden.