I am a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s Department of Government with a Ph.D. from Princeton’s Department of Politics. My research interests focus on formal and informal governance in international organizations. My dissertation examines informal power-sharing in the United Nations Security Council. I rely on experimental and quasi-experimental methods as well as process-tracing to investigate decision-making in the UN Security Council, compliance with its decisions, the impact of its resolutions on US and foreign public attitudes, and issue linkage across international institutions. An additional research project leverages list experiments and two original national surveys in Iraq to investigate Iraqi public attitudes toward ISIS, the Iraqi government, and US airstrikes against ISIS.

The picture at the top shows the UN Security Council’s working breakfast with the Turkish foreign minister during a closed-door retreat in Istanbul. I am seated in the foreground on the left side. For the qualitative component of my research I participated in seven Security Council retreats and interviewed diplomats in seven countries.

Recent Posts


I am excited that the editor of the American Journal of Political Science invited me and my co-authors Saurabh Pant and Beza Tesfaye to revise and resubmit our paper titled “Winning Hearts and Minds in Civil Wars: Governance, Leadership Change, and Support for Violence in Iraq“. This paper leverages original data from a national survey in Iraq and an unforeseen leadership transition while the survey was in the field to test the hearts-and-minds model of counterinsurgency. Specifically, the paper shows that the resignation of a divisive prime minister led Iraq’s displeased minorities to shift support away from the insurgency to the government. This realignment was due to rising optimism among minorities that the new government would provide basic services and public goods – specifically security, electricity, and jobs.

  1. Article forthcoming in RIO Leave a reply
  2. Two research grants for nationally representative survey Leave a reply
  3. Presentation at Harvard conference on experiments Leave a reply
  4. Paper presentation at international law and international relations conference at the University of Pennsylvania Leave a reply
  5. Paper at ISA Leave a reply
  6. R&R in Review of International Organizations Leave a reply
  7. Paper presentation at ESOC conference at USIP Leave a reply
  8. Article forthcoming in Journal of Conflict Research Leave a reply
  9. 2 papers at PEIO 2016 Leave a reply
  10. 2 papers at ISA 2016 Leave a reply
  11. Competitive dissertation fellowship awarded Leave a reply
  12. Grant to fund qualitative interviews on UN Security Council Leave a reply
  13. Dissertation fellowship from Center for International Security Studies Leave a reply
  14. 2 new papers at APSA 2015 Leave a reply
  15. Paper at PEIO 2015 Leave a reply
  16. Paper at IPES 2014 Leave a reply
  17. Paper and poster at APSA 2014 Comments Off on Paper and poster at APSA 2014
  18. Paper presentation at EPSA 2014 Leave a reply
  19. Fellowship awarded from Princeton’s Center for International Security Studies Leave a reply