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. During the 2017-2018 academic year, I was a research fellow at Institute for Women, Peace and Security at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.
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.