I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, where I study international relations. I am currently a Carnegie Predoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation. I will join the faculty of American University’s School of International Service this fall and will spend 2019-2020 as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House.
My research examines how emerging military technology affects conflict dynamics and the regulation or use of force. In my dissertation project, I leverage experimental methods, archival research, elite interviews, and surveys to study how remote warfighting technologies – like drones – shape escalatory dynamics. In other ongoing projects, I explore how technology influences arms control agreements and alliance relationships. I am also interested in the role of food in international politics.
My work has appeared or is forthcoming in a variety of academic and policy outlets including Security Studies, Journal of Peace Research, International Peacekeeping, The Washington Post, 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 was as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force and continue to serve in the Air Force Reserve.
You can reach me at el2723 (at) columbia (dot) edu.