I am an Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College, where my work focuses on civil-military relations and civil war. My research has been published in the Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Foreign Affairs online, and has been supported the National Science Foundation.
I received my PhD from the Department of Political Science at Yale University in 2014, and a BA from Columbia University in 2004. I worked previously as a Research Associate in U.S. Foreign Policy and International Law at the Council on Foreign Relations and as a Research Associate in the Fellows Program at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C.
My first book, How to Prevent Coups d’état: Counterbalancing and Regime Survival, will be published by Cornell University Press next year. I am currently working on a new, NSF-funded project on the determinants of Civilian Support for Criminal and Political Armed Groups.
At Hamilton, I serve as the Director of the Justice and Security Program at the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center, and organize the Women in Political Science lecture series. I teach courses on international security, civil-military relations, civil war, and U.S. foreign policy.
Recent media mentions
BBC Mundo, "Evo Morales: ¿hubo un golpe de Estado en Bolivia? BBC Mundo consultó a 6 expertos," November 13, 2019
Quartz, "Why It's So Hard to Tell if We're Seeing a Coup in Venezuela," April 20, 2019
Recent policy writing
"Coups, Protests, and Violence: What to Expect in Bolivia." Political Violence @ a Glance, November 25, 2019.
"Why Does the United States Still Believe the Myth of the 'Good Coup'?" Op-Ed, Washington Post, November 13, 2019.
"Trump Wants Venezuela's Military to Remove its President. But Maduro Has Made that Difficult." The Monkey Cage,Washington Post. May 2., 2019.