I am a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. My research investigates the domestic level variables that affect the extent to which economic interdependence reduces the likelihood of interstate conflict. I establish the importance
of the size and influence of commercial interests on policymaking as a key causal mechanism explaining the propensity to use military force for the most aggressive nations in the international system, including petrostates. This project bridges Comparative and International Political Economy, as well as Conflict Resolution and Foreign Policy Analysis. Qualitative case studies on Colombia-Venezuela and China-Japan relations are enhanced by regional knowledge of Latin America and East Asia.

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).

My dissertation—How the Power of Business Affects the Commercial Peace: Commercial Interests, Economic Interdependence, and Militarized Conflict—applies quantitive and qualitative research methods to explore the influence of economic elites on militarized disputes. A more detailed summary is provided here.

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

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