Welcome 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 public and elite opinion on weapons of mass destruction. I also explore the robustness of norms on the use of chemical and nuclear weapons. 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. My work has been published as articles and commentary in Defense and Security Analysis, The Conversation, Inkstick Media, Duck of Minerva, and Democratization.
I taught INR 4115: Strategic Weapons and Arms Control this past Spring and will embark on INR 4102: American Foreign Policy this Fall. I’m also part of the research group of 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. Previously, I was a Research Assistant for the Organization for International Cooperation as well as for Dr. James Nolt 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.)
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