I am a doctoral candidate in Security Studies at Kansas State University. My
research interests lie within the field of sub-state politicized violence, focusing on
the causes and evolution of use of violence by non-state actors. I am the managing editor
of the peer-reviewed Special Operations Journal. I am an associate of the ADT Project,
which conducts research on more effective strategies for military-led stability and
development missions, and I am a research affiliate in the Frontier Program, which is an
interdisciplinary program focused on studies of border security, food security, and trade
policy. Previously, as the 2012 Scholar of the Arthur D. Simons Center for Interagency
Cooperation, I studied the effects of internal security forces and security force
assistance on sub-state violence. 



Force Multipliers: Conditional Effectiveness of Military and INGO Human Security Interventions (with Sam Bell, Amanda Murdie, and Kevin Brown), Journal of Human Rights (2014)


Internal Security Forces: Their Capability, Legitimacy, and Effect on Internal Violence, InterAgency Study | Arthur D. Simons Center for the Study of Interagency Cooperation (2013)


Agricultural Development as Conflict Inhibitor, International Studies Association Midwest Annual Conference (2013)

A Formal Model of Sub-State Politicized Violence, MidWest Political Science Association 71st Annual Conference (2013)

'Force Multipliers': Conditional Effectiveness of Military and INGO Human Security Interventions, 6th Annual Network Science Workshop, United States Military Academy (2012)

Gender Inequality as a Predictor of Terrorism, MidWest Political Science Association 70th Annual Conference (2012)

Gender as a Tactic and Strategy, Terrorism and Global Security 2010 Conference (2010)