Thank you for visiting my site! I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science at the Ohio State University. I study International Relations and Political Methodology with substantive research interests in race in international politics, human security, and the economic effects of international migration. Much of my work uses quantitative techniques to study the illicit and socially undesirable aspects of international politics and political economy. My research has appeared or is forthcoming in Political Analysis and International Studies Quarterly.
During the 2018-2019 academic year, I will be a Presidential Fellow at the Ohio State University Graduate School.
A current version of my C.V. can be downloaded here.
A summary and interactive graphic of my dissertation can be found here.
My current research projects can be found here.
You can find the software I have developed, as well as other teaching and research resources, on GitHub.
In my dissertation, I measure racial bias in international migration flows, and I theorize how the institution of sovereignty provides cover for states to enact discriminatory policies despite the elimination of formal racial migration quotas after decolonization. To do so, I develop the first ever method for inferring racial bias in the international system. Measuring racial bias and its constituents is a difficult, yet important, problem because racism and racial inequality do not stop at the borders of states. However, despite widespread consensus that prejudice exists in international politics, no measure exists to provide systematic evidence of this phenomenon. In this project, I measure racial bias in international migration flows and provide evidence that these biases can perpetuate global racial inequalities. I also address some of the conceptual and methodological difficulties of studying international migration. This project was awarded the Henry R. Spencer Award for Best Dissertation by the Department of Political Science at the Ohio State University.
My methodological interests include Bayesian statistics, causal inference, and computational modeling. In addition, I have an article in Political Analysis (co-authored with Austin J. Knuppe and Bear F. Braumoeller) that develops a unified framework for studying asymmetric hypotheses. I expand on this work in my dissertation.
Before coming to Ohio State, I earned an M.Sc. (Research) from the London School of Economics in International Relations and a B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University in International Studies and Political Science. I am originally from Des Moines, Iowa.