I am a political scientist interested in issues related to security, conflict, and governance. My research and teaching span international relations and comparative politics with a regional emphasis on the Middle East and South Asia. Currently, I am a research fellow in the International Security Program at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. In August 2015, I will begin a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago.  I received my Ph.D. from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and my B.A. from Middlebury College.

As a researcher, I employ quantitative and qualitative methods to explore the range of contentious politics from nonviolent protest to armed civil conflict to interstate war. My book manuscript, Between Mao and Gandhi: Strategies of Violence and Nonviolence in Revolutionary Movements, investigates variation in the strategic behavior of groups seeking to capture state power. Findings from my field research in Nepal were featured on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "Big Ideas" radio program. Previous research has been published in Small Wars and Insurgencies, the Journal of Public and International Affairs, al-Naklah, and Himalaya, and has been supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, the Program on Negotiation, the Eisenhower Institute, and the Bradley Foundation. 

I have taught courses in international relations, comparative politics, political economy, and research methods at Tufts University and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. My fall 2012 course in international relations was recognized by the UAF College of Liberal Arts for excellence in teaching. Over the past year, I have been working with three undergraduate students on a collaborative research project examining the relationship between elections and violent and nonviolent political action.

Prior to entering academia, I worked as a foreign and defense policy aide in the U.S. House of Representatives. In my free time, I enjoy cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.