I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. Broadly speaking, I am interested in questions that examine the interaction of the international political economy and conflict.  My dissertation, How the Power of Business Affects the Commercial Peace: Commercial Interests, Economic Interdependence, and Militarized Conflict, investigates how the influence of economic elites on policymaking affect interstate conflict. Through quantitative analyses and detailed process tracing studies of Colombia-Venezuela and China-Japan relations, I demonstrate that the degree of business power on the domestic bargaining process mediates the extent to which economic interdependence reduces the likelihood of militarized disputes. A more detailed summary is provided here.

I received my B.A. from Hendrix College in Arkansas, and spent a year at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. I hold M.A. degrees from the Universiteit van Amsterdam (International Relations) and the University of Chicago (Social Science).

The following talk, based on a preliminary research plan for my dissertation, was given on April 2015 at UCLA’s Dissertation Launchpad—an event highlighting new research in Social Science to a non-academic audience.

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My Blog – A Kellogg’s View: International Economics and Security