Welcome to my website. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. My Curriculum Vitae has full information about my academic work.
I received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Government from Dartmouth College. I completed postdoctoral fellowships at New York University, based in the New York City and Shanghai campuses.
Research: My research is on international criminal courts and the ICC in particular, foreign-imposed regime change and international conflict, predicting effectiveness in war, and the causal effects of civil war violence on postwar life. My research agenda on the ICC builds on my doctoral dissertation (reviewed here) and draws together statistical analyses and declassified documents from archives in Washington and London to examine the origins of support for the court among great-power democracies in the twentieth-century, the reasons why so many autocracies have granted jurisdiction to the court after 1998, and the effects of court prosecutions on domestic politics. It argues that the trade-off between concerns of national security and concerns about the exposure to international prosecution has determined whether states would support the court. It also contends that since its inception, the court’s ability to create credible information about international crimes has given it an important influence over international development capital flows.
Teaching: At the American University of Sharjah, I have taught public international law, human rights, international political economy, and international relations. Since 2016 I have also led the American University of Sharjah’s moot court team in research on the practice of international litigation and oral advocacy before the International Court of Justice. See my recruiting slides here. Our team was the United Arab Emirates national team at the White & Case International Rounds of the 2017 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C. We won the inaugural Gulf Cooperation Council Jessup Friendly competition in Kuwait in 2017. Previously, at New York University Shanghai I assisted in the design and instruction of an interdisciplinary course titled Global Perspectives on Society for all freshmen of the inaugural Class of 2017 and the Class of 2018. At New York University and Emory University, I taught courses on human rights, international law, and civil war. Syllabi and slides are below, and a package of evidence of teaching effectiveness is available by request.
- Public International Law at AUS with midterm, course slides. Sample assignment.
- Global Political Economy at AUS and course slides.
- Introduction to International Relations at AUS with schedule, PD, BD, and course slides.
- Moot Court at AUS for the Philip C. Jessup Moot Court Competition.
- Human Rights in World Politics at AUS. Presentations. Slides. Example research presentation.
- Interests, Ideas, and Institutions in Political Economy, directed study prepared for AUS.
- Global Perspectives on Society at NYU Shanghai in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
- Human Rights at NYU.
- International Law at Emory University.
- Civil Wars at Emory University.
Additional professional information: I was fortunate to have Dan Reiter as a doctoral advisor, along with a dissertation committee of Eric Reinhardt, Jeff Staton, and David Davis at Emory, plus Allan Stam. While I was at NYU, I worked under David Stasavage in New York and Jeff Lehman in Shanghai. I referee for the American Journal of Political Science and International Organization and am an alumnus of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research at Syracuse University. In Shanghai I organized the Social Sciences and Humanities Workshop at NYU Shanghai. Since coming to the American University of Sharjah I have chaired the Events Committee for International Studies and served on the Sheikh Khalifa Scholarship Committee.
Other research and service: I have worked as a statistical consultant in research coauthored with medical professionals at Yale School of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, and Emory School of Medicine (e.g. here and here). The start of my research career was in an internship in the Tbilisi field office of the (previously named) Transnational Crime and Corruption Center under the sponsorship of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College. I have also guided outdoor rock climbing for the Dartmouth Mountaineering Club, and I volunteered for trail maintenance crews in Vermont’s Merck Forest and the U.S. Forest Service’s Inyo National Forest as a member of the Student Conservation Association.