I am an Assistant Professor at Harvard’s Department of Government. My research interests focus on international security and the political economy of international organizations. I am the recipient of the APSA Merze Tate Award for the best dissertation in the field of international relations. My work has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, International Organization, the Journal of Conflict Resolution and the Review of International Organization. I hold a Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University.

In my book project, I investigate three questions about international institutions and power in world politics: To what extent can minor powers constrain great powers? Do institutional norms and practices shape state behavior? And which signals do international organizations convey when they are united or divided? I explain that great powers share disproportionately large influence in international organizations with smaller states to attain unanimity, which enhances the signaling effect of these institutions. A mixed-methods analysis of the UN Security Council tests this argument by investigating decision-making in this organization, compliance with its resolutions, its impact on public attitudes, and issue-linkage across international institutions. The study combines experiments, causal inference based on natural experiments, and qualitative case studies.

A second stream of my research focuses on political violence. A set of papers investigates Iraqi public attitudes toward ISIS, the Iraqi government, and U.S. airstrikes against ISIS, leveraging list experiments and two original national surveys. An additional paper estimates the effect of UN blue helmets on violence against civilians through design-based causal inference and a case study.

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

Article accepted in AJPS

My study on “Winning Hearts and Minds in Civil Wars: Governance, Leadership Change, and Support for Violent Groups in Iraq” was accepted for publication in the American Journal of Political Science. It argues that leadership transitions that raise popular expectations of government service and security delivery increase government support and sap sympathy for violent opposition groups. To test the argument, the study leverages a unique research design opportunity that stems from the Iraqi prime minister’s unanticipated resignation announcement in 2014 while an original survey was in the field. The article traces the impact of this seminal event on the attitudes of the embattled Arab Sunni minority. Expecting the incoming prime minister to improve on the delivery of public goods and services, many Arab Sunnis realigned away from violent groups like ISIS and toward the government. Effective signals about future service delivery started to change attitudes prior to actual policy changes.

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