I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. During the 2019-2020 academic year, I am a Non-Resident Fellow with the Modern War Institute at the United States Military Academy at West Point.
I received my Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Washington. I also received my M.A. in Political Science from the UW and my B.A. in Political Science and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The College of Wooster.
I specialize in the study of political violence. I am specifically interested the relationships between violent actors' gender dynamics and legitimacy, public engagement, and accountability for human rights violations. I interrogate how women’s involvement - as participants or civilians - affects insurgent and state behavior and reputation. I am relatedly interested in terrorist and insurgent visuals: my current projects in this vein include analyses of women in rebel posters, cross-national visual propaganda, and gender in militia and right-wing iconography.
My research is published in International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, European Journal of International Security, and Feminist Media Studies, as well as in Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, Political Violence @ A Glance, and other outlets. In non-academic life, you can find me in the mountains or scouting out tacos.