I am a PhD candidate in Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of MIT's Security Studies Program.  My primary fields of interest are political psychology and conflict.  

My broad research agenda considers the question: how does cognition affect political behavior? I am particularly interested in behaviors related to violent and non-violent social conflict.

My dissertation looks at the preferences people have for dealing with the dangers they perceive in the world around them.  The project draws on findings from biology and cognitive science to develop a theory of threat perception and response, which I test on applications in both American Politics and International Relations. 

Prior to starting my PhD, I worked as a consultant at Bain & Company and as an analyst in corporate strategic planning at The Walt Disney Company.

I received my AB in Government from Harvard and an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics.  

 

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