I obtained my Ph.D. in political science at the University of Alabama, concentrating on international relations. Currently I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Nazarbayev University. Previously I was an instructor at Saint Louis University and a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, San Diego. My research primarily focuses on how states learn to use conflict from their interactions with other states. Additionally, I am interested in how geography affects conflict and military expenditures.
I focus on the personal, domestic, and international experiences that act as instructive devices from which states/leaders learn how to interact with other states and leaders. This research covers state/leader behavior in arms races, alliances, rivalries, and Militarized Interstate Disputes.
I have taught courses in International Relations, American Politics, and research methods at Nazarbayev University, the University of Alabama, and Saint Louis University at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.