I am a PhD candidate in political science at the George Washington University and a PhD Candidate-in-Residence at the Elliott School’s Institute for Security and Conflict Studies (ISCS). My research focuses on defense politics, military effectiveness, and innovations in warfighting. I also study nationalism, with country expertise in China.

I hold an M.A. in International Affairs and International Economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS and a B.A. in International Affairs and Religion from the George Washington University. I also received a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship to study Chinese at Tsinghua University and a Boren Scholarship to study Arabic at the University of Jordan.

In the past, I have lived in Taiwan and Jordan. I now reside in Washington, DC.