Ph.D., Brown University
Welcome! I am a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), Stanford University. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University in August 2021. Previously, I was a Predoctoral Fellow at the International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.
My research focuses on how states fight war, from examining the choices that states make in the development of their military arsenals, to thinking about the role of the means and methods of warfare in planning for and the actual conduct of military operations, to reflecting upon why certain technologies and practices become disregarded. I am particularly interested in the domestic determinants of international security, thinking through the ideas and perceptions of leaders, senior advisors and bureaucrats, and the broader public, the relationship between various domestic stakeholders, and the role of institutions, norms, and practices. To answer these questions, I use a wide range of methods, including qualitative case studies built on archival data and interviews, text analysis, wargames, survey experiments, and large-N descriptive statistics. My research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, the Belgian American Education Foundations, Brown's Center for Contemporary South Asia, and the Brown Graduate School.
I graduated with a LL.B. and LL.M. Magna Cum Laude from Ghent University and received a M.Sc. with Distinction in the Politics of Conflict, Rights and Justice from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and well as M.A. in Political Science from Brown University.