I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of Notre Dame and currently a dissertation year fellow with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. I am also a predoctoral fellow with the Notre Dame International Security Center and serve 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 democratization and the Balkans. My dissertation research broadly focuses 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 of democratic diffusion and the effect of democratization shocks on territorial dispute resolution. I am also broadly interested in the international politics of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as and the domestic political consequences of American and EU policy towards the region.