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. In June 2020, I completed my PhD in 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 served as an instructor for graduate and undergraduate courses, including Conceptual Foundations of International Relations, Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, and Issues in Terrorism and Counterterrorism, and Debating the Ethics of War and Political Violence.
I am the coordinator for the Workshop on 20th Century Politics and Society (Ira Katznelson, Adam Tooze, and Jeremy Kessler, co-convenors).
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.