I’m a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Kentucky specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics. My primary areas of research focus on interstate conflict, foreign policy, and human rights. My dissertation examines the role of national mobilization in newly independent states' foreign policy decisions and I seek to explain the diversity of relationships between Russia and its 14 post-Soviet neighbor states. In addition to my research I regularly teach undergraduate courses such as Contemporary Global Conflict, Intro to Comparative Politics, Political Analysis, and Film and Politics.
Before coming to the University of Kentucky, I earned my Master’s degree in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. My Master’s thesis focused on the psychology of terrorism, and my research on “Groupthink and Terrorist Radicalization” has been published in the journal Terrorism and Political Violence.
Another stream of my research focuses on women's rights, including two research projects: one exploring differences among democracies in terms of women’s rights through the prism of electoral institutions and the other explaining how women’s participation in combat translates into post-war increases in the political empowerment of women.
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