Welcome! I received my PhD in political science from the University of Chicago in Summer 2020, and am a current post-doctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC).
I specialize in international relations and political psychology. My current research examines the causes and consequences of people’s perceptions of the rationality of foreign leaders: in other words, people's beliefs about how their international counterparts think. My dissertation utilizes a mixture of experimental and case study methods to investigate how factors like speaking style, ideology, and race shape observers' beliefs about the rationality of foreign leaders, and in turn how these beliefs shape preferences for diplomatic versus military approaches to crisis resolution. My broader interests include diplomacy, conflict, media and communication studies, and incorporating factors such as emotions, perception, belief, performance, rhetoric, and race into longstanding debates in international relations.
My research has been supported by the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, the Center for Decision Research, and the Center for International Social Science Research.
I received my BA in Political Science and Drama from Vassar College in 2013.