My interest in studying peace, security, and civil-military relations is grounded in my personal history. Prior to entering academia I worked for the security industry for a period of about ten years. I am fortunate to have gained both in-depth understanding and practical experience regarding the security industry from working in both the private and public sectors. My current academic work builds on this experience, allowing me to bring research closer to real-world practice, in an interdisciplinary manner.
Peace and Human Rights
My research and teaching explore questions concerning human security, conflict dynamics, and peace through health (PtH) from theoretical and applied approaches.
2010 - 2016
University of Texas at Austin
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology
Technology & Organizations
In my research I study technology and organizations, looking at disruptive innovation and coercive violence. I explore how new technologies adopted by different organizations and proliferate, and the way those utilized by different actors.
In both my research and teaching I examine how global trends and actors shape society and culture, looking at international organizations and technology.
My work focuses on the increasing role of non-state actors in global and local politics, examining NGOs, social movements, private military and security companies, and terrorist organizations.
2007 - 2010
Master of Arts in History
2004 - 2007
Bachelor of the Arts in History, Sociology, and Anthropology