Department of Political Science
223 Schapiro Hall
24 Hopkins Hall Drive
Williamstown, MA 01267
I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Williams College, where I teach courses on international security, the Middle East in international politics, nuclear security, and international relations theory.
I earned my Ph.D. in political science in June 2016 from UCLA. Previously, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas-Austin. In addition, I was the Stanley Kaplan Postdoctoral Fellow at Williams College and a Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow in the Security Studies Program at MIT.
My research interests include international security, the international politics of the Middle East, American foreign policy, great power politics, energy and geopolitics, and nuclear security. My book project focuses on the causes of great power security conflict and cooperation through the lens of the Cold War diplomacy of the Arab-Israeli conflict between the June 1967 War and the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty. My research has been published or is forthcoming in the Journal of Cold War Studies, Security Studies, and International Security.
My work has been supported by the Stanton Foundation, the University of California's Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC), and the Bradley Foundation. I have also received fellowships from the Department of Education's Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) program for the intensive study of Arabic in Middlebury College's summer immersion program and in the American University in Cairo's Arabic Language Intensive Program, as well as research travel grants from the Lyndon B. Johnson and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundations.
Before earning my doctorate, I completed an M.A. in the Committee on International Relations program at the University of Chicago. I am a Williams alum, where I completed my B.A. in history and political science in 2009.