I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University, focused on international security and international law, with my dissertation examining how congressional regulation can have unintended effects on the types of covert action used in U.S. foreign policy.
My dissertation primarily uses qualitative empirical analysis through process tracing to demonstrate how the type of law regulating covert activity can predictably lead to patterns of covert behavior along a spectrum from diplomatic activity and propaganda to paramilitary action. My dissertation also uses quantitative analysis to analyze the determinants of different types of laws regulating covert action. My other research interests include foreign policy decision-making, intelligence, and international and constitutional law. I am also interested in the use of qualitative and mixed-method research.
At Princeton, I served as a teaching assistant for courses on research design, causes of war, leaders and the making of U.S. foreign policy, constitutional law, and the politics of crime and punishment. I am also a student fellow with the Center for International Security Studies, and I am a coordinator of the academic security studies colloquium.
Prior to Princeton, I worked at Duane Morris LLP as an associate in the trial practice group and the appellate subgroup. I also served as a law clerk on the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. I received a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a B.A. in mathematics and political science from Bucknell University.