I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the Belfer Center International Security Program and Cyber Security Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I will join the Brown University Department of Political Science and Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs as an assistant professor in the summer of 2019.
My research focuses on international security and Chinese foreign policy, with a particular interest in the design of institutions responsible for national security decision-making. My book project offers a theory of the origins and consequences of national security institutions, coupling an original cross-national time series dataset with new archival and interview data from China, Taiwan, India and Pakistan. Other research projects employ qualitative, statistical and experimental methods to address theoretical puzzles regarding the politics of national leaders, elite advisers, and cyber security across a variety of regional contexts.
My research has been supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Institute for Strategic and Conflict Studies at George Washington University, the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.
Previously, I served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, with assignments to Afghanistan, U.S. Cyber Command, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Some of my writing has been published by War on the Rocks and Center for a New American Security.
I am also an Ironman triathlete, marathon runner, and avid enthusiast of musicals by Stephen Sondheim. I live in Cambridge with my dog, Cosette, and fiancée.
Image: People's Liberation Army soldier in Tiananmen Square, Beijing - 2005