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I am an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Department of History, Politics, and International Relations at Webster University in St. Louis. I received my Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Colorado- Boulder in 2014 specializing in International Relations and Comparative Politics.
During the 2020-21 academic year, I will be a Visiting Fellow at the Chicago Project on Security and Threats (CPOST) research center at the University of Chicago.
My research focuses on the drivers of and solutions to political extremism across the world with a particular emphasis on terrorism and political violence. I have several related projects underway examining the lethality of suicide terrorism, the effectiveness of organizationally-linked versus lone-wolf terrorist attacks, and the diverse strategies employed by terrorist organizations for increasing the commitment of suicide bombers to their missions. I also study the role gender plays in political extremism and whether counter-terrorism efforts should take gender differences into account. My new collaborative research project explores opinions and attitudes toward Syrian refugees in Turkey.
My work appears or will appear in Comparative Politics, Terrorism and Political Violence, International Journal of Conflict and Violence, Journal of Political Science Education, and Studies in Conflict & Terrorism.
I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in international relations and comparative politics such as Introduction to International Relations, Introduction to Comparative Politics, International Security, The Politics of the Middle East, Terrorism and Political Violence, and International Political Economy.
During the 2017-18 academic year, I served as the Director of the Residential IR Program at Webster University. Since Fall 2018, I have served as the Co-Director of the Global IR Program and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies at Webster University. I am also one of the faculty mentors for Sigma Iota Rho, the Honor Society for International Studies.
Please select the links above to find out about my research and teaching interests.