Research Statement

I study international politics. My research is largely of the "Peace Science" variety, meaning I use quantitative analysis to study international security. Though data collection and statistical methods are core features of my research, my research is also informed by (and draws from) diplomatic history.


My work primarily explores the political economy of security and alliance politics. This means I investigate two basic questions leaders must face when seeking security in the international system:


(1) Guns or butter?


(2) Arms or allies?


Click on a link below to read about my research on a topic related to these questions or to read about my research on methods for quantitatively exploring international relations.



Political Economy of War Finance


Political Economy of Border Walls


Political Economy of Alliances


Alliance Politics


Quantitative Approaches to IR