I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego and a 2020-2021 Dissertation Fellow with the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.  My research focuses on regional intergovernmental organizations, security cooperation, and elite politics, particularly in Africa and among autocrats. 

I received the 2021 Lawrence S. Finkelstein Award (Best paper) from the International Studies Association's International Organization Section.

Previously, I was a United States Institute of Peace-Minerva Peace and Security Scholar (2019-2020).  From Winter 2021-2023, my research on authoritarian international organizations will be supported by a grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation and the UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation.

My dissertation research and field work has been supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, UC IGCC, USIP, the UCSD Sanford Lakoff Research Fellowship, the UCSD Friends of the International Center, and the UCSD International Institute.

Prior to beginning my studies at UCSD, I graduated summa cum laude from the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.

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