I am a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s Department of Government. My research interests focus on the political economy of international organizations and international security. I am the recipient of the 2018 APSA Merze Tate Award for the best dissertation in the field of international relations.

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.

My work has been published or accepted for publication in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Conflict Resolution and the Review of International Organization, and it is under review (R&R) in International Organization. I hold a Ph.D. in political science from Princeton University.

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

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