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IMG_8628.jpgWelcome to my academic website! I’m a doctoral candidate in Security Studies at the School of Politics, Security and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

My research interests lie within international relations and nuclear security, with a focus on the role of domestic actors in foreign and security policy, as well as on public opinion on weapons of mass destruction and the chemical and nuclear weapons taboos. I have a regional interest in the Middle East and more specifically Israel. My current dissertation work discusses the causal mechanism of Israeli and US public support for the use of nuclear weapons as well as leader’s positioning on nuclear weapons after the Cold War.

I currently work as teaching assistant for World Political Geography, International Law,  Modern Political Ideologies, and Minorities in American Politics and am part of the research group at UCF’s Kurdish Political Studies Program (KPSP), directed by Güneş Murat Tezcür.

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.

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.)