I am currently an Assistant Professor at Kennesaw State University. I received my PhD in political science from Indiana University in May 2009. I regularly teach undergraduate courses in international relations and also teach in KSU's Master of Science in International Policy Management and PhD in International Conflict Management programs. My research explores a variety of international security issues, including the importance of ethnicity and religion in international conflict; international rivalry onset and termination; and the role of terrorism in civil wars. In addition to focusing on international security concerns, I also conduct research on democratization and political regime change; resource wealth and conflict; and political protest movements.

My research interests also extend to teaching and pedagogy. I have published an article outlining a simulation I use in my American Foreign Policy course and I am currently working on a research project that assesses the use of multimedia in political science classrooms. I am also very interested in the role that gender plays within academia, and have helped to create mentoring groups for women students in our INCM PhD program, as well as women faculty. As part of my interest in gender and academia, I am also an affiliated research faculty member of the Women's Leadership Center at the Coles College of Business at KSU.