My research explores how international institutions influence human and interstate security. It builds from the premise that international and civil violence occur because relevant political actors cannot commit to ceasing violent behavior. I show that international law and organizations help actors overcome commitment problems, forgo the use of violence, and reach peaceful settlements.
international conflict, international conflict management, international institutions, United Nations peacekeeping, international organizations, international peace and security
PSCI 2223 - Introduction to International Relations
Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
Introduces the field of international relations, with general survey of the theories, histories, and problems of historical and contemporary relations among state and nonstate actors.
PSCI 3183 - International Law
Summer 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021
Investigates the legal principles and landmark judicial cases that govern relations between countries and other international actors. Explores the development and effectiveness of law on issues such as human rights, war crimes, and the use of military force. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 2223.