I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Chicago and a 2020-21 USIP-Minerva Peace and Security Scholar. I am also a Hans J. Morgenthau Fellow with the Notre Dame International Security Center. I research international security and political violence, with a focus on how great powers shape the militaries of non-great powers. My dissertation examines when states intervene in conflict by supporting local proxies and how they manage the politics of proxy war. My other research explores the effects of security cooperation on democracy and human rights, the domestic causes and consequences of security alliances, and intervention in civil wars.
My work is published in International Politics and supported by The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and The Social Sciences Research Center at the University of Chicago.
I am also a Data Research Fellow at the Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST), where I lead the Data Analytics team in producing research on suicide terrorism and conflict for both academic and policy audiences.
I earned an MA in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and a BS in Foreign Service from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with a concentration in international security and a minor in Russia and East European Studies. I speak Polish and some Russian and held internships or fellowships with The RAND Corporation, the Political-Economic section at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, and the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee.