I'm an instructor and researcher at the Combating Terrorism Center at the US Military Academy at West Point where I research Iran's network of proxy Shia militias.

I am also a PhD candidate in the political science department and a research manager at the Center for Policy Research at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY. My dissertation examines why states support rebel and terrorist groups through network analysis, event history, and other quantitative methods. I have over four years of teaching experience as a teaching assistant and instructor. Prior to graduate school, I worked in human rights advocacy for three years. I received my B.A. in International Relations from American University in 2011. 



  • University at Albany, Rockefeller College, Albany, NY 2019 (anticipated), PhD Candidate in Political Science; major field: International Relations, minor fields: Comparative Politics, Quantitative Methods

  • American University, School of International Service, Washington, DC, 2011; Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, concentrations in International Development and the Middle East

  • Westwood High School, Austin, Texas, 2008; International Baccalaureate Diploma; Texas Distinguished Scholars High School Diploma



  • ICPSR Clifford C. Clogg Scholarship Recipient (Summer 2017)

  • Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award – Political Science (Spring 2017)

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Service Award – Political Science (Spring 2016)