I am a second year Political Science PhD student at Emory University. My primary research interests are civil conflict and contentious politics. Currently I am researching the interaction between states and dissident groups to explain strategic choice, while drawing on theories of collective action. I am also interested in the effects of insurgent political movements in developed democracies.

Prior to beginning academic work at Emory, I graduated from Texas Christian University (TCU) with a B.S. in Political Science and History. After graduating from TCU, I was a member of the 2013 Teach For America Metro Atlanta Corps. I’ve also volunteered and freelanced for the American Civil Liberties Union and Refugee Services of Texas to connect my research interests with important social issues.

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