I am a Ph.D. candidate studying international relations at the University of Southern California. My research explains why military cooperation between states varies and how such variation has different effects on the strategic environment of actors in dispute. In particular, I study the conditions under which a third-party actor to a dispute strategically selects the form, function, and implementation of its military commitments from a wide range of different options, from alliances or defense cooperation agreements to arms transfers or foreign troop deployments and military bases. I employ both quantitative analysis and formal theory in my research.
My research has broad implications for the study of conflict with multiple actors, extended deterrence, and the design/implementation of third-party military commitments. I also have a regional focus on politics in East Asia, especially the Korean Peninsula. My research has been funded by the Fulbright Program, the Korea Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Education. I was also an APSA Minority Fellow from 2016-2017.