I am a Core Lecturer in Contemporary Civilization at the Department of Political Science in Columbia University.

My research focuses on trade-off behavior in war. In particular, I study how people weigh lives and evaluate lives weighed in war from both positive and normative perspectives.

I completed my PhD in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University, where I was a Dean’s Diversity Fellow and a Cordier Fellow in the School of International and Public Affairs.  My book project, based on my dissertation, examines the problem of “human shields” in war.

My teaching interests span international relations, law and ethics. I have taught graduate and undergraduate courses, including Conceptual Foundations of International Relations, International Human Rights Law and Politics, International Humanitarian Law, and Issues in Terrorism and Counterterrorism, and Debating the Ethics of War and Political Violence.

I founded the FLIP-GSAS Network, a diversity initiative sponsored by the Office of Academic Diversity, connecting graduate students with first-generation and low-income undergraduates at Columbia.