I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and a doctoral affiliate with the Notre Dame International Security Center and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Broadly speaking, my research sits at the intersection of politics and psychology in the domain of international security. My dissertation traces the origins of maximalist territorial claims and broader implications for the concept of issue indivisibility. I'm also keenly interested in the politics of the Middle East.
I have previously worked for the Department of Defense as an assistant professor at the Defense Language Institute and as a research associate at the Near East - South Asia Center for Strategic Studies at the National Defense University. I have MA degrees in political science (Notre Dame) and Arab Studies (Georgetown University) and a BA in history (Brigham Young University - Idaho).