Lecturer, Department of International Politics
City, University of London

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I am a Lecturer in the Department of International Politics at City, University of London, but I will be joining the Department of Political Science at the University of Waterloo in July 2018. I was previously a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. Beforehand I was a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Security Studies Program. In May 2014, I completed my doctorate in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. My research addresses issues in American foreign policy, alliance politics, nuclear strategy, and theories of war. I have so far published in International Security, Security Studies, Survival, International Affairs, and elsewhere. I have done work on East Asia but my primary regional focus is on Europe, with special emphasis on Central and Northeastern Europe.

Forthcoming at Cornell University Press, my book Atomic Assurance: The Alliance Politics of Nuclear Proliferation explores the alliance dynamics that ensue when states move towards nuclear weapons acquisition upon doubting the credibility of the nuclear security guarantees that they receive from their guarantors. It contains intensive case studies on West Germany, Japan, and South Korea that draw on deep archival work. This project has implications for current policy debates regarding nuclear proliferation and alliance management.

I have written commentary on contemporary security dynamics in Central and Northeastern Europe in The Monkey Cage (Washington Post), The National Interest, World Affairs , Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and Small Wars Journal. On alliances and deterrence, more generally, I have written commentary in E-International Relations and in War is Boring. I also wrote a policy brief for the Institute for European Studies on Russian disinformation as well as a short piece on Russian theories and practices of deterrence for Athena and Ares. I also contributed to a Contemporary Security Policy forum on US alliances and nuclear weapons and penned a piece on the Eurodeterrent for the EastWest Institute.

In my spare time, I dabble in film. My biggest passion is in music, however. For the video of a musical tribute to MIT's Security Studies Program I helped make, follow