I am currently a PhD Candidate at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and Peace Researcher at the Joan B. Kroc School of International Peace and Justice at University of San Diego's Women Peacemaker Program. To learn more about my research, to include my dissertation and ongoing research projects, click here. Please click here for my CV. Prior to graduate school, I spent over a decade as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, flying the AH-1W “Super Cobra” attack helicopter, with multiple combat tours. My non-flying tours included 3 years in the House of Representatives, serving as both a Congressional Fellow and a Congressional Liaison Officer. During this tour I planned and escorted congressional delegations to dozens of countries, frequently dual-hatting as both escort and military liaison. In particular, I orchestrated oversight missions for members of the House Armed Services Committee, and served as lead escort for the House Democracy partnership.
I currently serve on the Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Services (DACOWITS).
I entered the Josef Korbel School of International Studies in 2012, earning my Masters of Arts in International Security in Winter of 2014, and expecting my Doctor of Philosophy in International Studies in Spring 2018. I have taken comprehensive exams in Comparative Politics and International Relations. My research focuses on the variations of women's integration into Western militaries. My work has been accepted for presentation at multiple domestic and international academic conferences and journals. I am also contributor for gender and foreign affairs to the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Al-Jazeera, NPR, Fox News, and Huffington Post, and have written guest posts for Political Violence at a Glance, Duck of Minerva, and Foreign Policy, and frequently contributes to local media.
In addition to my own research, I have been involved in the Program on Nonviolent and Violent Campaigns and Outcomes (NAVCO), the Major Episodes of Contention (MEC) data collection project, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York’s program on Nonviolent Strategies in Violent Conflicts. I have taught master’s level classes in international politics and diplomacy.