I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, where I study international relations. My dissertation examines the impact of emerging military technology on conflict initiation and escalation. I am also interested in non-traditional security operations, the determinants of military force structure, and the use of law to regulate arms transfers and military operations.
My work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of academic and policy outlets including International Peacekeeping, Asian Security, The Washington Post, The National Interest, War on the Rocks, and The South China Morning Post. My research has been generously supported by the Eisenhower Institute, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, the Smith Richardson Foundation, Tobin Project, and Columbia University.
I hold an M.Phil. and M.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and an M.S. and B.S. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before beginning graduate school, I served as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force.
You can reach me at el2723 (at) columbia (dot) edu.
Photo Credit: Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson, USAF
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