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University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Welcome! I am a third year political science Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I study international security-- especially East Asia. I specialize in alliance politics, nuclear security, and elite decision-making.

In addition to my work at UNL, I am a New Voices in National Security Research Fellow at the Bridging the Gap Project, a Summer Associate in the National Security Research Division at the RAND Corporation, and a 2021-2022 U.S.-Asia Grand Strategy Predoctoral Fellow at the Korean Studies Institute at the University of Southern California. 

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I received my B.A. in political science from the University of Northern Iowa, specializing in International Peace and Security.  

I am interested in how actors perceive winning and losing and how this influences their bargaining in strategic interactions. I apply this interest to a variety of contexts in international politics; including, nuclear bargaining, allied relations, and how leaders navigate risk. Much of my research focuses on East Asia, namely, the Korean Peninsula. 

I enjoy running, reading, and listening to BTS in my spare time. 



Broadly, I am interested in international security. Below are topics that I study extensively. 

Alliance Politics 

My dissertation examines 'alliance cohesion,' or the ability of allies to agree on security preferences and means of preference implementation. Within this study, I argue that alliances with few members and a clear power hierarchy between them are most likely to be cohesive. No doubt, this research has clear policy implications. Namely, large alliance structures are unwieldy. Thus, the maintenance multiple American bilateral alliances within the context of East Asia may be more likely to facilitate allied cooperation compared to a large, multilateral structure like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). 

Nuclear Proliferation & Reversal 

I am interested in the bargaining dynamics between influencers (i.e., counterproliferators) and targets (i.e., proliferators) to achieve a target's commitment to nuclear reversal. My research incorporates work from biopolitics and political psychology to answer these questions by considering how variables such as ideology or partisanship influence the cost-benefit framework of elite actors to accept or reject negotiation opportunities for nuclear reversal. My current research with Dr. Rupal N. Mehta and Dr. Ingrid J. Haas seeks to further unpack the link between the neural processes associated with preference formation and behavior within these high-risk bargaining contexts. 

Elite Decision-Making

I am interested in understanding how leaders bargain in high risk contexts (e.g., nuclear negotiations). I incorporate research from experimental economics to consider how aspects of an actor's identity may influence their perception of costs and benefits. Specifically, I incorporate socially constructed variables into rationalist bargaining frameworks. For example, my work considers gender differences in bargaining and how these differences manifest in risky negotiations and further, how these differences interact with varying levels of state power. 





Political Science 100: Introduction to American Politics (Recitation Sections & as Online Instructor)

This course is meant to provide students with an introduction to American politics. Students are given an overview of primary topics in American government including: the branches of government, public opinion, bureaucracy, and elections. Additionally, students are introduced to scientific methodology including data compilation and interpretation. Within recitation sections, students break down material learned in large lectures and engage in interactive activities.

Political Science 160: Introduction to International Relations (Recitation Sections)

This course is meant to provide students with an introduction to international relations. We examine theoretical paradigms used to study IR along with major topics including: international security, human rights, and international political economy. Within recitation sections, students break down material learned in large lectures and engage in interactive activities.




Twitter: @NoelleTroutman

University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

1023 Oldfather Hall 

Lincoln, NE 68588

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