Innovative. Data driven. Dedicated to continual advancement. My motto, in essence, would be: “Don’t let good data go to waste.” I have invested my graduate and professional career in advancing my methodological skill set to better understand and find solutions to real world problems using both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Security Studies at the School of Politics, Security, and International Affairs at the University of Central Florida (Fall 2022). My doctoral research focuses on the relationship between wartime strategies and the dynamics of territorial control shifts in conventional civil war. In particular, I examine the use of strategic civilian displacement as a wartime strategy and the interplay between displacement, humanitarian conditions, governance, and armed group cohesion on territorial control shifts. I employ a variety of quantitative (i.e., geospatial analysis, multilevel modeling) and qualitative methodologies (i.e., process tracing, case studies), drawing upon fine-grained, sub-national data on the Syrian Civil War. I aim to extend my current research on conventional civil war to other variants of civil war and conventional interstate war more broadly.

My broader research interests include civil and interstate war, military strategy and effectiveness , insurgency/counterinsurgency, terrorism/counterterrorism, migration, human rights, and comparative political economy. My investment in conducting applied research to solve real world problems means that my interests are in truth far more diverse than this.

I was one of 22 graduate students and young professionals selected globally to attend Columbia University’s Strategic Workshop on Military Operations and Strategy (SWAMOS) in 2021.

I hold a M.A. in Political Science from the University of Central Florida (2017) and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Central Florida (2015).