Ph.D., Brown University
Welcome! I am a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for International Studies at Sciences Po. Previously, I was a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow with the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University (2021-2022) and a Predoctoral Fellow with the International Security Program at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (2020-2021). I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University in August 2021. My dissertation, entitled "Imagining the Unimaginable: War, Weapons, and Procurement Politics," was the recipient of the 2022 Kenneth N. Waltz Outstanding Dissertation Award from the American Political Science Association's International Security Section.
My research engages questions at the intersection of international security, the domestic determinants of defense policy, and the role of ideas, norms, and institutions in national security decision-making. My work 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, and to reflecting upon why certain technologies and practices become disregarded. In this context, I also explore the linkages and commonalities between traditionally divergent issue areas, such as conventional and nuclear capabilities or nuclear dangers and climate change. My research has been generously supported by the European Commission, the National Science Foundation, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, the Belgian American Education Foundation, the Tobin Project, Saxena 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.