I’m a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at Georgetown University. My dissertation research centers on pogroms, which I define as relatively brief episodes of multiple violent acts against people and physical structures associated with a select social community, by an informal group but involving some pattern of state complicity. Drawing on both cross-case comparisons and within-case analysis of violence during pogrom episodes in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Nazi Germany, I use (1) qualitative process tracing to study how pogrom organizers mobilize violence against targeted groups and (2) multivariate regression analysis of historical data to explain why pogroms result in group-selective violence in some locations, but not others.
In select additional projects, I study (1) how US social movements appropriate international human rights norms as a strategy of contention; (2) methods of data collection and analysis in the political science discipline; and (3) the methodological basis for “crucial 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 American Political Science Association.
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, where I previously worked as a research assistant, and an Affiliated Scholar at the International Justice Lab at the College of William & Mary. 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 (and Vice President) of the Georgetown Alliance of Graduate Employees (GAGE-AFT), the union of graduate workers at Georgetown.
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