I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. My dissertation research centers on the different patterns of pogrom violence that emerge from different types of political order—in particular, the relationship between state support for and the base of social support for pogrom organizers. Drawing on within-case analysis of pogrom episodes in Nazi Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom, I find that different types of political order lead pogrom organizers to target groups with different relationships to organizers’ key constituents. I use (1) qualitative process tracing to explain why pogrom organizers mobilize violence against specific groups and (2) spatial regression analysis of novel historical data to explain why pogroms result in group-selective violence in some locations, but not others.
In additional projects, I study (1) the determinants of global concentration camp practices; (2) methods of data collection and analysis in the political science discipline; and (3) the methodological basis for “paradigmatic case” research. I have published peer-reviewed articles about my research in Comparative Politics and Genocide Studies and Prevention. I have received external grants for my research from the National Science Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, and the American Political Science Association. You can find more information about my published and in-progress research here.
I have taught or am preparing undergraduate courses in (1) research methods and (2) concentration camps in comparative view. I have also served as a teaching assistant for introductory undergraduate courses in comparative politics and international relations. You can find more information about my teaching experience here.
In addition to my PhD work, I’m an associate research fellow at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide; an Affiliated Scholar at the International Justice Lab at the College of William & Mary; and a visiting scholar at the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University. I’ve also worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and the Central Intelligence Agency. I have a bachelor’s degree in international politics from Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
I’m a proud member of the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees (GAGE-AFT), the union of graduate workers at Georgetown.
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