Welcome!  I am a social scientist with a long-standing interest in the human brain.  My research is broadly concerned with the effects of cognitive processes - including perception, attention, concept formation, and memory - on political behavior writ large.  

Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Most recently, I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in SaxeLab, a social cognitive neuroscience lab at MIT. In 2018, I completed my PhD in Political Science at MIT where I was a member of the Security Studies Program.

My primary research project, which builds on my dissertation, investigates the ways in which the psychological and neurological underpinnings of threat perception influence policy preferences. I am also generally interested in interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of conflict and security. I look to bridge the social and cognitive sciences using a variety of data sources and analytical approaches, including archival research, automated text analysis, observational and experimental online studies, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). 

Photo by Aidan Milliff

Photo by Aidan Milliff