University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Welcome! I am a political science Ph.D student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I study international security, particularly, alliance politics, nuclear reversal, and authoritarianism.

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My research interests include topics in international security. I specialize in alliance politics, nuclear proliferation and reversal, and authoritarianism. 

My Master's thesis examines variance in alliance cohesion between bilateral and multilateral alliances as a function of alliance structure and relative power distribution between allies. My dissertation project will build on this work and will be supervised by my dissertation chair, Dr. Rupal N. Mehta.  

Additionally, I have on-going co-authored research related to nuclear reversal that is currently under review at International Security and independent research related to alliance politics under review at Security Studies



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

Alliance Politics 

My dissertation will focus on "alliance cohesion," which I define as the ability of allies to agree on a security preference and means to reach that end. Specifically, I am interested in how alliance structure and relative power distribution between allies influences cohesion. Previous literature primarily addresses alliance reliability, formation, or termination. These topics relate to exogenous decision-making factors. However, very little research considers the internal dynamics between allies and how this relationship influences the decision to aid an ally or form/end an alliance. I rely on case studies, quantitative methods, as well as formal modeling to answer this question. 

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. 


I am interested in understanding how constraint influences autocratic bargaining strategies, particularly in nuclear and economic negotiation contexts. Essentially, my work considers when and why dictators make agreements with internal actors (e.g., their winning coalition) or external actors (e.g., the United States or IAEA) which may lead to outcomes that limit their hold on power. Additionally, I consider how an autocrat's decision to (or to not) limit their power influences the credibility of their commitments. 





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.




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University of Nebraska-Lincoln 

Political Science Department 

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