I am a Lecturer in the Division of Social Science at New York University Abu Dhabi, where I teach in the Political Science and Legal Studies programs with focus on international relations and international law. I received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Emory University, an A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College, and have been a faculty member at New York University in New York City and Shanghai, and at the American University of Sharjah.
In areas of international law and institutions, I do research on litigation and legal development at the International Court of Justice, consent to the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction, the diplomacy of multilateral treaty-making, the development of the international criminal jurisdiction in the twentieth century, and enforcement and compliance in international law. In areas of international and human security, I do research on psychological mechanisms linking wartime violence to postwar economic and political development, the effects of foreign-imposed regime change on conflict, and the measurement and prediction of effectiveness in war.
At NYU Abu Dhabi, I teach courses on international politics, international political economy, litigation at international courts (i.e. mooting), legal writing and research, human rights law, international law, and a colloquium on global governance in the university’s multidisciplinary core curriculum.
As a “Friend of the Jessup” and member of the International Law Students Association I have coached and judged at the White & Case International Rounds of the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition since 2016. I instructed four teams of undergraduates at NYU Abu Dhabi and the American University of
Sharjah in litigation and advocacy before the International Court of Justice. In the last few years these exciting competitions have brought students into contact with the law of state responsibility, the law of treaties, the nullification of arbitral awards, environmental obligations, law of the sea, nuclear disarmament obligations, jus ad bellum, jus in bello, human rights law, and the interpretation of the Charter of the United Nations and Statute of the International Court of Justice. Teams that I supervised were UAE National Representatives at the 2017 and 2018 White & Case International Rounds, overall champions of the 2017 and 2018 Gulf Cooperation Council Jessup Friendly Competitions in Kuwait City, and scored first place in research and writing at the 2019 UAE National Rounds of the Jessup. Students interested in participating may read this presentation.
Earlier at New York University Shanghai I helped design and teach an interdisciplinary course titled Global Perspectives on Society for all students of the inaugural Class of 2017 and the Class of 2018 as part of a new curriculum for the first joint Sino-American venture in higher education in Shanghai. At New York University and Emory University, I designed and taught courses on the political science of human rights law, international law, and civil war.