I am a PhD Candidate in the Department of Government at Harvard University.
My research focuses on decision-making within militant organizations, historical conflicts, and public opinion about political violence.
My dissertation explains why members of the same militant organization come to different conclusions about whether to accept a negotiated settlement or instead continue fighting. I theorize how the material incentive structure and life experiences of individuals shape this decision. I test the theory using individual-level data on combatants in the Irish War of Independence who disagreed about whether to accept the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921. This disagreement would pit former comrades-in-arms against one another in the Irish Civil War from 1922-1923.
Related research is published or forthcoming at the American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Political Studies, International Studies Quarterly, and Research and Politics. Drafts of my published and working papers can be found on my research page and google scholar.
I am also co-founder of the Harvard Experiments Working Group and co-organizer of the Harvard Experimental Political Science Graduate Student Conference.