I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University. I was previously a Post-Doctoral Fellow with a joint appointment to the Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver and Oxfam America. I received my PhD from the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University in 2021. I was a 2020-2021 Peace and Security Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and Minerva Institute.
My primary research interests include gender and conflict, peacebuilding, and post-war politics. A significant portion of my research is devoted to understanding how women’s political representation increases after war and its implications for foreign policy. Beyond this, my research also considers determinants of women’s presence in particular political processes and its effects. I examine how women’s strategic participation in political processes influences outcomes, considering why women are present in certain political processes (e.g., political parties, peace processes, international organizations), as well as how women’s inclusion in various conflict phenomenon, including rebellion and conflict negotiations, improves prospects for peace.
In my spare time, I enjoy traveling, running, trying new foods, and spending time with my two cats.