Ph.D. Candidate in International Relations | Tufts University


Fletcher Profile

I am a Ph.D. candidate in international relations at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. My research focuses on international security, conflict processes, and contentious politics with a regional focus on the Middle East and South Asia. I am particularly interested in the spectrum of sub-state conflict from civil resistance to civil war.  My doctoral dissertation, Between Mao and Gandhi: Strategies of Violence and Nonviolence in Revolutionary Movements  examines how and why some groups seeking to overthrow the state adopt a strategy of civil resistance while others choose armed insurgency.  I have taught courses in international relations, political economy, and research methodology at The University of Alaska Fairbanks.  My research has been supported by Harvard University’s Program on Negotiation, the Eisenhower Institute, the Bradley Foundation, the Sarah Scaife Foundation, and The Fletcher School. Previously, I worked as a foreign and defense policy aide in the  in the U.S. House of Representatives.