I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Government at the University of Essex. Before joining Essex, I obtained a Ph.D. in Political Science from Rice University (Houston, Texas) in 2012 and then worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University (Durham, North Carolina) for one year.

My research interests lie at the intersection of data science and international politics. In particular, I apply quantitative methods to study why, when, and how a violent conflict arises between and within states and how political institutions influence states’ conflict behaviors. My work has appeared in various academic journals, including American Journal of Political Science, Political Analysis, Journal of Politics, and Journal of Conflict Resolution.