ABOUT ME

I’m a research assistant professor with the School of Law and affiliated faculty member with the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia.  I’m also a Ph.D. student in political science at the University of Michigan.
My research interests include how institutions impact cooperation and conflict among states.  I’m especially interested in relationships between domestic institutional structure and international behavior.  My main research method is quantitative empirical analysis of original and existing datasets.

Before starting the Ph.D. program at Michigan, I was a visiting associate professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center for 2013-14, where my research centered on international law and the U.S. Congress.  I’ve also taught courses on international law and federal courts at the University of Virginia School of Law, and I currently teach a short course on the law of treaties at UVA during spring semester.  During the summer of 2012, I served as a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford.

I’ve served as a federal judicial clerk for judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. District Court, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.  I was also formerly a government enforcement litigation associate with the international law firm Skadden, Arps in Washington, DC, where I handled cases involving the World Bank, international corrupt practices investigations, and the constitutionality of pending federal and state legislation.  I received a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, and an LL.M. (focus in international law) from Georgetown University Law Center.