IMG_8628.jpgWelcome to my academic website!

I’m a doctoral student in Security Studies at the Political Science Department at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

I currently work as teaching assistant for American Security Policy, Judicial Process and Politics, Sustainability, and Comparative Politics and am part of the research group at UCF’s Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP), directed by  Güneş Murat Tezcür. My areas of research are within weapons of mass destruction (public opinion, nuclear proliferation, and chemical/nuclear taboo).

Prior to my PhD studies, I pursued my Master’s degree in International Relations at New York University as a DAAD Fellow (German Academic Exchange Service). While at NYU, I also worked as editor for the Journal of Political Inquiry and published graduate peer-reviewed works.

I’m currently working on my dissertation that discusses Israeli public opinion on the use of nuclear weapons, a new dataset of leader’s position on nuclear weapons after the Cold War, and U.S. responses to the use of chemical weapons.

Previously, I was a Research Assistant for the Organization for International Cooperation (Fall 2015) as well as for Dr. James Nolt (Spring 2016) and interned with Human Rights Watch in NYC, the German Federal Parliament (Deutscher Bundestag) in Berlin, Congressman Eliot L. Engel in Riverdale, and Covalence EthicalQuote in Geneva.

While a Division 1 track and field athlete, I graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Manhattan College (2015) with a B.A. in International Studies.

I’m from a tiny village in rural Germany (Lumpzig) and currently reside in Orlando, FL. (When I’m not being a nerdy academic, I do obstacle races, play volleyball, travel, and listen to Rammstein.)