I am an Assistant Professor and Internship Program Director at California State University Sacramento as of Fall 2020! I'm thrilled to be working in a community I've grown to love after having received my PhD close by at UC Davis. My research focuses on the role of external actors in violent and nonviolent civil conflict. Specifically my work explores how external support influences 1) when groups choose to resist their government, 2) when they use violent or nonviolent strategies, 3) the strategic behavior of groups and target governments during civil conflict, and 4) the outcomes of violent and nonviolent civil conflicts. I explore these questions using qualitative and quantitative research methods. My research focus comes both from my interest in contributing to a broader foreign policy and peace studies agenda, as well as my commitment to creating a classroom culture focused on improving conflict management outcomes from the local to the international level.