I am a currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in US Foreign Policy and International Security at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. I hold a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and was previously a dissertation year fellow with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and a predoctoral fellow with the Notre Dame International Security Center. I also previously served as a research fellow for the Varieties of Democracy project. I specialize in international relations, and specifically focus on international security, military occupations, foreign rule, coercive international hierarchy and the Balkans. My current research builds on my dissertation project that focused on how states determine their strategies for foreign rule and military occupation. In addition, I am presently engaged in various research projects focused on the causes and consequences of the armed imposition of political institutions, including projects investigating the impact of colonial and alliance networks on democratic diffusion and the long term externalities of American regime change operations.