Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University. My research explores the causes and consequences of hostage taking, including projects on rebel kidnapping, hostage recovery policy, and hostage diplomacy. Broadly, I study political violence, international security, civil war, terrorism, and negotiations.
My current book project examines why and how armed groups kidnap during civil war. It is based on my PhD dissertation, which received the American Political Science Association's 2021 Merze Tate Award for the Best Dissertation in International Relations, Law, and Politics. My research is published in the American Political Science Review,International Studies Perspectives, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Terrorism & Political Violence, the Texas National Security Review, and the Journal of Political Science Education.
I love the mountains, and I seek any opportunity to hike or ski. I have completed several marathons and half-Ironman triathlons, and I am an indoor cycling instructor (Spinning(R), Coach-by-Color(R), and CPR/AED certified).