I am a PhD candidate in the program for Political Science and International Relations at the University of Southern California.
I study international responses to civil and interstate conflicts. My dissertation explores states’ foreign policy towards other states experiencing internal conﬂict, especially as a result of active separatist, secessionist, and self-determination movements. It focuses speciﬁcally on how state relations with countries embroiled in conﬂict are impacted by domestic and international normative pressures. I develop a continuous measure of international recognition and explore theories about the relationship between recognition, ongoing violence, national interests, and international norms. I also push for substantial revision in the way we carry out survey experiments probing public opinion on foreign policy, providing experimental evidence of some dilemmas inherent in the method.
I also study research methods, have taught a graduate math boot camp for the POIR program, and have instructed two undergraduate courses on social science research methods.
One more thing: If you are a first-generation college student interested in pursuing a graduate degree or academic career, feel free to get in touch with me if you want to ask me questions or just talk about how to choose a graduate school and get started in this career. I did it. I know how hard it is to break in. Reach out if you need help.