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

R&R in International Organization

I am delighted that the editors of IO have invited Allison Carnegie and me to revise and resubmit our paper on the protection of civilians by UN peace operations to their journal. This article leverages two sources of exogenous variation in influence in the UN Security Council and 2SLS models to present the first cleanly identified estimate of the causal impact of multilateral peace operations on violence. This novel approach allows us to test the theoretical argument that the effect of peacekeepers depends on their relationship with the perpetrators of violence. Since peace operations often need to maintain close ties with the host government, they are only successful at reducing civilian fatalities inflicted by rebels, but not those caused by government forces.

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