My major field of study is International Relations with a minor in Comparative Politics. I am broadly interested in civil conflict, civil military relations, and domestic unrest. My most recent research explores the relationship between protest variation and the likelihood of a military coup. This analysis suggests that protests that occur near the capital city and those that are nonviolent campaigns are the most threatening to the tenure of a leader.
My dissertation explores military mutinies, an understudied topic of civil military relations. I am collecting new longitudinal data that will allow scholars to analyze the determinants and effects of military mutinies across cases, regions, and time. Why do military mutinies matter? Military mutinies are shaping civil conflict in the 21st century by redefining civil military relations and emboldening non-state actors. Mutinies play a major but understudied role in determining the onset of civil wars, the strength of non-state actors (e.g. terrorist networks or rebel groups) and the likelihood of military coups that inevitably reverse democratization.
My research and teaching interests include:
Civil Military Relations
Pro-Democracy Protest Events
Latin American Politics
Currently I am the lead instructor for PS 230: Introduction to World Politics. This course offers undergraduate students a comprehensive overview and introduction to the field of International Relations. We cover topics including, but not limited to: international organizations, alliances, rivalries, international law, international conflict, civil conflict, etc.
Previously, I have taught PS 372: Introduction to Political Science Research Methods. This course introduces students to the basic elements of empirical social science research. In the past, I have also been the lead instructor for PS 101: Introduction to American Politics. This course gives students a comprehensive overview of American political institutions and behavior. I have also taught PS 230: Introduction to Comparative Politics. This course gives students an overview of domestic political processes around the globe.
PS 230: Fall 2013,Teaching Assistant for Dr. Morey
PS 230: Spring 2014, Teaching Assistant for Dr. Johnson
PS 230: Fall 2014, Teaching Assistant for Dr. Morey
PS 230: Summer 2015, 2016, Teaching Assistant for Dr. Thyne
PS 372: Spring 2015, Lead Instructor
PS 101: Fall 2015, Lead Instructor
PS 210: Spring 2016, Lead Instructor
PS 230: Fall 2016, Lead Instructor
PS 230: Spring 2017, Lead Instructor
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