I am a currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in US Foreign Policy and International Security at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. Starting in Autumn 2020, I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Utah State University. I received my Ph.D. in political science from The Ohio State University in May 2019. My research interests include postconflict statebuilding, Middle East politics, and the study of religion in international politics.

My current book projects examines U.S. security force assistance to the anti-Islamic State coalition in Iraq, focusing on how noncombatants perceive of the legitimacy of foreign support to local security providers. Other work develops a typology of state building strategies used by great powers, as well as how non-state militias legitimize their activity in the eyes of the civilian population.

My work has appeared in Political Analysis, Politics and Religion, and International Politics Reviews. It has been supported by the U.S. Institute of Peace, the John Templeton Foundation, the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, and the Ohio State Decision Science Collaborative.

Prior to my academic career, I was a Robert Bosch Fellow in Berlin working in policy planning at the German Federal Ministry of Defense and as a visiting fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. I also work as an outside instructor for the U.S. State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. I have a MA (honors) from the Committee on International Relations at the University of Chicago and a BA (honors) from Calvin College.

My CV can be downloaded here.