Hello! I am a Doctoral Candidate in Political Science at Binghamton University. My research interests are principally located within International Relations, with a focus on the study of international security, the interrelations between states and violent non-state actors, and the effectiveness of domestic and international counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency policies. I have three principal goals that I wish to accomplish as a political scientist: to advance the academic discourse on international security, to inform government policy-makers, and to effectively teach and inspire my students.
My dissertation, titled Dangerous Delegation: Explaining the Rationales and Outcomes of State Sponsorship of Terrorism through the Principal-Agent Framework, is intended to advance both the academic and policy understanding of state sponsorship of terrorism, one of the most dangerous forms of terrorist financing. Employing my training as a quantitative researcher, I have built a new database that records significantly greater numbers of sponsorship relationships and interactions than previous efforts. Additional projects I am working on include a dataset on rebel group manifestos, working alongside my advisor and several other Binghamton political scientists, and a single-author project on the ramifications of organization-targeted counter-terrorism economic sanctions.