Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
My research focuses on uncertainty, leaders, advisers, and war. My book project addresses how assessment processes can contribute to the outbreak of international conflict. It stresses how marginalization of advisers skews the information leaders have to assess their adversaries. These skewed assessments, prone to excess certainty, alter strategic behavior in ways that promote conflict. In other co-authored and solo projects I study alternative sources of uncertainty, preventive conflict, war costs, public opinion, and US foreign policy.
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 to hike and explore.