I’m a Ph.D. Candidate in the Government Department at Harvard University. I study international security with a focus on alliance politics in conflict, comparative foreign security policy, and the Asia-Pacific.
My dissertation book project, Thinking Fast and Slow in Alliance Politics, looks at the U.S. allies’ alignment choice between the “go-it-alone” unilateral actions taken by the United States and the multilateralism legitimated by international institutions. My theoretical perspective is grounded on relevant strategic beliefs and identity understandings at the reference group and the individual levels of analysis. I draw on a body of work in the cognitive sciences to build innovative ways to conduct empirical tests.
My research has been supported by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, and the Harvard Experiments Working Group. I hold a M.A. in Regional Studies—East Asia (2011) and B.A. in Economics (2011) from Harvard University.