My research interests focus on international security and international relations. Areas of research include US foreign policy, Soviet and Russian foreign and security policies, military strategy, and transnational security issues such as illicit economics and organized crime.
My dissertation examines costly signaling during the Cold War. Despite the vast literature on the costly signaling, scholars have devoted relatively little attention to the proposed causal mechanisms. To fulfill this gap in the literature, I examine the empirical record of US success and failure in interpreting Soviet costly signaling attempts. Using in depth archival research, I examine the conditions and variables that influenced US interpretation of Soviet signals and the proposed mechanisms of costly signaling theory.
"Intervention Two Step: Covert Action and Strategic Narrative During the Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan." Presented at ISSS-ISAC 2015 and APSA 2016 conferences.
"If Ever There Was a Time: Costly Signaling, Reassurance, and Missed Opportunities During the Eisenhower Administration."
"Why Do It Yourself When You Can Get Others to Do It For You? Assessing U.S. Foreign Security Force Assistance Strategies." with Adam Wunische.
"Winter is Coming: NATO’s Deterrence Posture and the Nordic Countries.”
"Autocrat's Loophole: Threat Perception and the Regulation of Money Laundering in the EU."