I am a Ph.D. candidate in American Politics and Quantitative/Formal Methods at Princeton University's Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. My main research interests are political psychology and foreign policy, and particularly their intersection. My dissertation focuses on how Americans' concerns over personal and national status impact the ways they think about foreign policy, and how these status-driven preferences are then reflected in the foreign policy that elites make (the latter is forthcoming in Presidential Studies Quarterly). My research areas also include the interactions of rebel organizations in the Syrian Civil War (published as Kapstein & Ribar 2019 in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism), the influence of group composition and privileged status in jury deliberations, public perceptions of truthfulness on the part of leaders, and how aid provision impacts rebel violence, among other topics.
At Princeton I've TA'd introductory statistics, quantitative methods, and coding courses in the Department of Politics and the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning. I have also taught a course on visualizing data for Princeton's Freshman Scholars Institute and have worked as a TA and a Guest Lecturer for a class on the American presidency and executive power. I have also served as a Graduate Mentor with Princeton's ReMatch program, and have attained a Teaching Transcript from Princeton's McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning.
Before coming to Princeton, I graduated with Honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Political Science and Economics and worked as a Research Assistant with Abt Associates after serving as a Field Organizer for a Senate campaign.