I am a doctoral candidate in the Political Science Department at the University of Pennsylvania. My research interests span international relations and comparative politics, but running throughout is an underlying focus on how military organization influences politics beyond the battlefield, for example, by affecting state-society and civil-military relations. I am particularly interested in military recruitment practices, including the determinants and implications of conscription, which I examine in my dissertation. My additional academic interests include military strategy and conflict, civil wars, and state formation.
Originally from Connecticut, I went to McGill University in Montréal to receive my BA (in Political Science). I now live in Philadelphia as I complete my dissertation. When not doing research or teaching, I enjoy playing tennis, keeping my cat away from my food, and reading. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org