Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
My research addresses international security with a focus on (1) the senior officials who make decisions regarding war and peace, (2) the uncertainty they confront when making these decisions, and (3) the soldiers who bear the costs of these decisions. My book project addresses how assessment processes contribute to the outbreak of international conflict with an emphasis on the bureaucratic roots of leader beliefs. Related studies further address the role of advisers in formulating foreign policy and disentangle the disparate effects of uncertainty on leader decisions. In other work I study the individuals who bear the costs of war with a focus on racial dimensions of burden sharing and service-member attitudes toward conflict.
Before coming to Nebraska I was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Oxford and received my PhD from the Department of Government at Harvard University in 2016. In my spare time I head outdoors with my wife and kids to hike and explore.