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Political Science
Johns Hopkins University
Whitman College


My research and teaching focus on global politics. I am particularly interested in armed conflict, genocide, and the development of international law. I teach classes about political violence, human rights, and international theory.  

Current Research

My research focuses on armed conflict, genocide, international law, and humanitarian intervention. I am the author of two books Nonhuman Humanitarians: Animal Interventions in Global Politics and The Politics of Annihilation: A Genealogy of Genocide both with University of Minnesota Press. I am currently working on a book project that examines how nonhuman actors, such as built environment and technology, shapemass atrocities.  Generally, my research examines the historical invention of concepts, categories, and practices of collective violence. I am also interested in debates in political theory.


This year I will teach TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations, TPOLS 496 the PPPA Capstone, and TPOLS 497 Internship and State Government. I am also an instructor in the Global Honors program where I teach TGH490 Research Methodologies.


  • International Studies Association
  • American Political Science Association

Honors and Awards

  • Theory Best Book Award 2024-International Studies Association-Theory Section  for Nonhuman Humanitarians: Animal Interventions in Global Politics
  • Best Article in Review of International Studies Prize 2019 for "Non-human Humanitarians."
  • Honorable Mention for the 2020 Yale H. Ferguson Award, International Studies Association-Northeast