I am an Assistant Professor of International Security Studies at the United States Air War College. My research sits at the intersection of politics and psychology in the domain of international security. My book project traces the origins of maximalist territorial claims and broader implications for the concept of issue indivisibility. My additional research examines the risk-propensity of declining states and American perceptions of foreign threats. I'm also keenly interested in the politics of the Middle East. I have previously worked for the Department of Defense as a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies, 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 received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame where I was a doctoral affiliate with the Notre Dame International Security Center and the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. I have MA degrees in political science (Notre Dame) and Arab Studies (Georgetown University) and a BA in history (Brigham Young University - Idaho).