I am a Rosenwald Fellow in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Security and Niehaus Postdoctoral Fellow at The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Chicago in August 2021. I am on the market for tenure-track and postdoc positions beginning Fall 2022.
My research focuses on international security and political violence, with a regional interest in Russia and Eastern Europe. I examine how great powers use military training and advising to directly shape other militaries and the effect of external actors on political violence. I approach these questions through three lines of inquiry. First, in my book project, I examine why and how intervening states deploy military advisors to work face-to-face with local armed actors in the context of proxy war. Second, in a series of articles, I examine the effects of interactions between militaries more broadly on democracy, human rights, and civil-military relations. Building off my work on proxy war, my final line of inquiry examines the dynamics of modern irregular warfare and the role of external actors. My work combines formal theory with analysis of original cross-national quantitative data, as well as case studies based on extensive archival work and interviews with US military advisors.
My work is published in the Journal of Peace Research and International Politics. It has been supported by the United States Institute of Peace and the Minerva Research Initiative, the Notre Dame International Security Center, The Charles Koch Foundation, and The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and The Social Sciences Research Center at the University of Chicago.
I earned an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and a B.S. 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.