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. I am particularly interested in those behaviors related to violent and non-violent social conflict, from the inter-personal to the inter-state. My current work focuses specifically on the cognitive processes associated with threat perception and the influence of those processes on an individual's policy preferences.
I recently completed a PhD in Political Science at MIT, where I was also a member of the Security Studies Program. I will join the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley as an Assistant Professor in July 2019.
Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the SaxeLab in MIT's Department of Brain & Cognitive Sciences, where my primary project examines the neural correlates of threat perception using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). In addition to building up the skills necessary for conducting fMRI research, my postdoctoral work allows me to test a model for integrating neuroscience methods and perspectives into social science research. The majority of my postdoctoral support comes from the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab, where I am also a Fellow.
Prior to entering academia, I worked as a corporate strategist both in-house (at The Walt Disney Company) and externally (at Bain & Company). I received my AB in Government from Harvard and an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics.