I am an Assistant Professor of Strategy and Security Studies and Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base. 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. I have additional working papers that examine 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 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).