I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago where I currently specialize in secrecy and intelligence and their relationship to International Relations theory, international security, and global governance.  At the core of all my projects is an interest in understanding how governments selectively reveal and conceal what they do and the disjuncture this creates between the “front stage” and “back stage” of international politics. 

My current book project draws on my dissertation research on covert forms of military intervention and their role in states’ pursuit of limited war. Other projects analyze how states signal through covert action, why and how states ignore exposed secrets, how disclosure and concealment affect compliance with international regimes and theories of limited war.  My research has been published in International Organization and Journal of Conflict Resolution.

I graduated with a Ph.D. in Political Science from Ohio State University in 2013 and have held research fellowships at the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance at Princeton University, the Institute for Security and Conflict Studies at George Washington University, and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.