I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. From 2011-2012 I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. I received my PhD in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego in 2011 and I earned my BA in Molecular Cell Biology and Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2004.
My research interests include international relations, international security, civil war and post-conflict reconstruction. I am currently working on two ongoing research projects related to international politics. The first project follows from my dissertation research, which examines the causes and consequences of humanitarian assistance as a peacebuilding strategy in conflict and post-conflict states. The second project explores how international reputation matters in alliance politics.