I am an assistant professor of International Politics in the Political Science Department at Fordham University in New York. I study the relationship between international organizations and peace processes, human rights, and security. I focus specifically on UN peace operations, the politics of the United Nations Security Council, and the evolving precedents and procedures surrounding UN interventions in conflicts and peace processes. I received a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in May 2015 and contribute to the Political Science, International Studies, and Humanitarian Affairs programs at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus.
My book manuscript asks why combatants in civil wars engage in UN-led negotiations even when they believe the UN is a failed, flawed contributor to the peace process. I argue that, even when they have little faith in peacekeepers’ ability to uphold peace agreements, warring parties to a conflict turn to the UN because its presence in negotiation processes enables unique tactical, symbolic, and post-conflict reconstruction outcomes that have little to do with the end of fighting. The book contributes a novel, structural understanding of international organizations’ peacemaking and peacekeeping efforts to scholarship on contemporary conflicts, marshaling multi-method evidence from both the international level and from case-specific evidence grounded in field work and extensive original archival work. You can find more information on it, and on my other projects, on my research page.