Ph.D., Political Science (anticipated 2014)
Primary concentration: Transnational and Comparative Politics and Policy
Secondary concentration: Justice Politics and Policy
Kent State University, Kent, OH
B.A., International Studies, magna cum laude, 2007Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY
PRIMARY AREAS OF INTEREST
Foreign Policy Analysis:
- U.S. Foreign Policy and Foreign Aid
- Congress and Foreign Policy
- Human Rights and Human Security
- Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Comparative and World Politics:
- African Politics
- Theories of International Relations
- Global Governance and International Regimes
Steven W. Hook (Chair), Patrick G. Coy, Daniel P. Hawes, John A. Vasquez (outside member)
Do the Terrorists Win? The Effect of Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism Regimes on U.S. Foreign Aid Allocation Pre- and Post-9/11.
To test the theoretical proposition that international regimes influence state behavior in the global system, this dissertation examines U.S. foreign economic assistance from FY 1996-2009. Specifically, it assesses whether or not international human rights and counterterrorism regimes affect U.S. foreign aid appropriations—and if 9/11 impacted the extent of this influence. Using a mixed methods approach, the work first analyzes regime-based rhetoric (RBR) in senate subcommittee hearings, producing an original dataset. Then, merging this unique data with more conventional variables, it draws out the statistical effect of regimes in foreign aid allocation.
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
2012. “The MENA Revolutions: A Case in U.S. Energy (In)Security.” Journal of Strategic Security 5(3): 33-50.
2013. Review of A Student’s Guide to International Relations, by Angelo M. Codevilla. International Journal on World Peace 30(1): 119-122.
2013. Review of Taking Local Control: Immigration and Policy Activism in U.S. Cities and States, Monica Varsanyi, ed. Peace Studies Journal 6(2): 121-125.
2012-2014: Instructor, Kent State University at Kent.
African Politics (POL 30540; Fall 2013).
Comparative Politics (POL 10004; Fall 2012, Spring 2013).
First Year Experience (US 10097; Fall 2012).
2013: Teaching Assistant to John A. Vasquez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Guest Lecturer, Grader, and Associate Program Director for “Crisis Diplomacy: The View from Vienna” (PS 394; Summer study abroad).
2010-2012: Research Assistant to Steven W. Hook, Kent State University at Kent.
Data gathering and analysis, literature reviews, and copy-editing on a variety of projects, including U.S. Foreign Policy: The Paradox of World Power (4th edition, 2013, CQ Press); American Foreign Policy since World War II (19th edition, 2012, CQ Press); Routledge Handbook of American Foreign Policy (2012, Routledge).
2011: Teaching Assistant to Mark K. Cassell, Kent State University at Kent.
Grader and Guest Lecturer,European Politics (POL 30520; Fall).
2009-2010: Research Assistant to Aroon Manoharan, Kent State University at Kent.
Project Co-Investigator, Digital Governance in Municipalities Worldwide (2009, Public Technology Institute and Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration; co-sponsored by the United Nations Division for Public Administration and Development Management, Department of Economic and Social Affairs).
GRADUATE-LEVEL FINANCIAL AWARDS
2013-2014: University Fellowship, Kent State University (Division of Graduate Studies and Political Science Department). Awarded to one doctoral candidate in the department per academic year; recipient nominated by department and confirmed by Graduate Studies. Service appointment for Fall semester, non-service appointment for Spring semester. Stipend (academic year): $12,500, plus full tuition waiver.
2012-2013: Teaching Fellowship, Kent State University Political Science Department.
Stipend (academic year): $12,500, plus full tuition waiver.
2012: The International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity (ISSSS) Conference Presentation Award: $150.
2012: Summer Tuition Grant, Kent State University Political Science Department.
Full tuition waiver: $2,712.
2009-2012: Graduate Assistantship, Kent State University Political Science Department. Stipend per academic year: $10,000, plus full tuition waiver.
2011: International Studies Association Midwest Conference Travel Grant: $60.
HONORS & ACADEMIC SERVICE
2013: Graduate Student Senate Spring Research Awards Committee (Evaluator).
2010-2013: Secretary, Political Science Graduate Student Association.
2009-2013: Golden Key International Honour Society.
2012: Discussant. Panel: U.S. Foreign Policy. Ohio Association of Economists and
Political Scientists (OAEPS), 72nd Annual Meeting and Conference. Ada, OH.
2012: Judge: Poster Presentations. Academic Courage: Navigating Research
Innovations. 27th Annual Graduate Research Symposium. Kent State University.
2013. “Diffusion of Human Rights Norms: Influence on U.S. Foreign Aid Allocation.”International Studies Association (ISA), 54th Annual Convention. April 3-6. San Francisco, CA.
2012. “Balancing Domestic and International Concerns: The Logic of Algerian-U.S. Diplomacy.” Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists (OAEPS), 72nd Annual Meeting and Conference. Oct. 12-13. Ada, OH.
2012. “Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb: The Global Agenda of Regional Terrorists.” International Security Studies Section of ISA and the International Security and Arms Control Section of APSA, Oct. 4-6. Chapel Hill, NC.
2012. “The Qlash of Civilizations: A Q Study of Twentieth Century International Relations.” Co-Authored with Steven Brown. International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity (ISSSS), 28th Annual Conference. Sept. 5-8. Pittsburgh, PA.
2012. “Tell Us What We Want to Hear: Selective Exposure to Value Reinforcing Media Product in the Context of the Iraq War.” Co-Authored with Oindrila Roy and Kristen Traynor. International Studies Association (ISA), 53rd Annual Convention. April 1-4. San Diego, CA.
2011. “Balancing Domestic and International Concerns: The Logic of Algerian-U.S. Diplomacy.” Northeastern Political Science Association (NPSA) 43rd Annual Conference. Nov. 17-19. Philadelphia, PA.
2011. “The 2011 MENA Revolutions: U.S. Energy Insecurity versus Founding Principles.” Midwest International Studies Association (M-ISA), Annual Conference. Nov. 11-13. St. Louis, MO.
2011. “American Consumer Bias: Value Reinforcing Media Product in the Context of the Iraq War.” Co-Authored with Oindrila Roy and Kristen Traynor. Midwestern Political Science Association (MPSA), 69th Annual Conference. Mar 31-Apr 3. Chicago, IL.
2011. “Czech Lustration: An Unconventional Evaluation of Transitional Justice Turning Permanent.” Midwestern Political Science Association (MPSA), 69th Annual Conference. Mar 31-Apr 3. Chicago, IL.
2010. “Czech Lustration: When Transitional Justice Becomes Permanent.” Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists (OAEPS), 70th Annual Meeting and Conference. Sept 24-25. Cleveland, OH, Case Western Reserve University.
- Multiple Imputation in STATA 12. Workshop given by Alan Acock. Oct 7-8, 2011. Kent State University, Kent, OH.
- Q Methodology: Theory and Practice. Workshop given by Steven Brown. May 23-27, 2011. Kent State University, Kent, OH.
Quantitative Methods: OLS, MLE (logit, probit, ologit, oprobit)
Qualitative Methods: Content & discourse analysis, process tracing, ethnography
Q Methodology: Factor analysis, Q sorting, interviewing
Foreign Language: French (fluent)
* American Political Science Association (APSA)
* APSA section memberships: Conflict Processes, Foreign Policy
* International Studies Association (ISA)
* ISA section memberships: Human Rights, International Security Studies, Foreign Policy Analysis, Scientific Study of International Processes, Women’s Caucus
* Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists (OAEPS)