I received my Bachelor’s in government (magna cum laude) from Harvard University in 2013 and a Master’s in government from Georgetown University in 2015. I have served as an adjunct instructor in quantitative methods at American University’s School of International Service and as a consultant for the World Bank, Article 19, and the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission.
My research agenda is devoted to the intersection of autocratic politics and international security, with a substantive interest in leadership and succession dynamics. In my dissertation, I examine the influence of nuclear proliferation on regime durability and leader survival. I’m also pursuing several secondary projects, including a Bayesian analysis of the determinants of nuclear proliferation, a game-theoretic exploration of exit options for beleaguered autocrats,
and a network model of executive authority in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Prior to political science, I trained as a concert pianist under the tutelage of Boris Zarankin and Inna Perkis.