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Welcome! I am a doctoral candidate completing my PhD in Political Science and Peace Studies in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, where I am also an affiliate of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights. I am currently a 2021-2022 Visiting Fellow in the Department of Political Science at Emory University, and a 2022-2023 Predoctoral Research Fellow in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.       

My research investigates the politics of global environmental crises and how they intersect with international security and peace. I examine how climate change and environmental shocks shape the dynamics of political violence in fragile states through channels such as migration. Another facet of my research explores how environmental cooperation and climate action are achieved in the context of volatility and fragility. My projects have received support from the Institute for Social Research, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, the Klau Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Environmental Change Initiative, among others. I have published articles in Climatic Change and Natural Hazards Review, and I currently have articles under review in Journal of Peace Research (R&R) and American Political Science Review

I received my MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University's School of International Service and my BS in Economics and International Affairs from Georgia Tech. Before doctoral study, I worked as a researcher at the United States Institute of Peace. When I am not teaching or doing research, I prefer to spend my time outdoors, ideally hiking or playing sports, especially soccer and badminton. A few times a week, I coach a youth girls soccer team. I'm also an avid animal lover and volunteer with the LifeLine Animal Project.    

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