I study how states manage strategic challenges in international security. My book project, Misuse and Manipulation: The Strategic Politics of Military Capacity Building, examines how states exercise control in military partnerships focusing on the challenges that arise from sharing military power. I argue that states prevent misuse by manipulating both the security threats that partners confront and the coercive capabilities to which they have access. This research is part of a broader agenda on the strategic management of foreign policy and research tools for the analysis of foreign policy effects.

I have developed and taught three courses for Stanford undergraduates and graduate students on international relations theory and evidence-based foreign policy design, and I will be teaching a course on US foreign policy in Spring 2020. I previously worked in the U.S. government (State, DHS, Congress) and occasionally indulge in political philosophy.



  • PhD Candidate in Political Science Stanford University

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Political Science Stanford University (Jan-July 2020)

  • Carnegie IPSCON Predoctoral Fellow Kissinger Center for Global Affairs Johns Hopkins SAIS (2018-2019)


  • MPhil in Politics University of Oxford

  • AB in Politics Princeton University